Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Black Beauty





The yearling ewe had her lamb.  Being a first timer we put her in a pen when we noticed she was in labor. We waited...and waited...and after seeing no progress I checked her. We ended up having to assist. It was a big, black, beautiful, ram lamb! She settled down and was cleaning it off so we left her alone for the night. This morning everything looks good.

Only three more ewes to go! The goats can feel free to join in anytime now.

Tonight, we gave the lambs their shots and banded their tails (docking) I know, Ouch! But they survived. I wanted to get it done before we put them out on pasture. They are sooo much easier to catch in the barnyard. Once they go out in the field it can be almost impossible to catch the little buggers. It's amazing how fast a two day old lamb can run!

Being put in the field causes quite an uproar. You never hear so much baaing around here. Where's my mom?? But it finally settles down when the lambs realize the only thing that has changed is their surroundings.

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11 comments:

  1. Adorable!!!!....Looks so healthy and alert!!!!
    Blessings~~Shine

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    1. Adorable is a good word to describe lambs :)

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  2. Sandra, he's so cute. I love black lambs. But all your white ones are so pretty.

    So when do you castrate your ram lambs? Mine are going on 6-7 weeks now. I got Banamine shots for them. A few people told me to give them that before banding. But now I can't remember when they said to give the shots. Right before? A day before? Have you done that? I have heard to wait til they are 3 months old. A few days old. I hear too many different things. But I am feeling like I need to go ahead and do this soon. I have 3 to get done. Any advice would be great.

    And congrats on all your cute little lambs. I am having so much fun watching all mine. In the evenings, they seem to get friskier and run and leap and chase each other all around the barn. Too cute. They are so fun.

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    1. Hi Kris,
      We banded the tails last night. I try to do it when they are less than a week.
      We give a CDT shot when we band the tails. Most of the time we leave the ram lambs intact. I sell the lambs at about 4-5 months old. I sell Breeding Rams and then we send the others to the auction. When we have castrated the Ram Lambs it is usally at about 2 months. We can't do it any earlier than that. Our bucks we can do by 2 weeks.

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  3. So cute! We had a birth here today, and the last one for the season.

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  4. Oh now you did it I am going to have to get some sheep to mingle with my cos just to get that cute factor. Good luck you are almost done. I can imagine that it is so cute watching them run. B

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    1. Isn't that how it always works? I keep reading chicken post and thinking I need to get some of those again ;)

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  5. Thanks Sandra. I feel better now. I didn't castrate last year and had to separate them at 3 months. Too much trouble. So wanted to just keep the ram lambs with the rest of the flock.

    Any kids yet?

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  6. So cute! We are expecting goat kids. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. Come back and see us this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/self-sufficient-homeacre-hop-and-homemade-soap-giveaway/

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