Friday, April 11, 2014
Shepherdess Notes: Lambing Part 2
The word to describe Lambing 2014-"inconvenient"
Sunny, warm, not busy....no lambs.
Rainy, cold, swamped, exhausted...lambs!
That basically describes how the last week has went on the farm.
The ewes have handled it much better than I have. Mike and I were both sick for over a week. I just wanted to sleep! I may have been able to if the weather had cooperated, but with the freezing rain we had and the colder temps I was outside doing barn checks every hour.
We have quite a few first timers and sometimes they are just clueless and need more help figuring things out.
We also have more "seasoned" ewes. They are great moms, but this winter was hard on them, and lambing just made it harder. They pulled through, but not without some extra TLC. We are supplementing some of their lambs with bottles.
Yesterday we gave shots, docked tails and put the first group of lambs in the barnyard.
That is always a sight to watch. Ewes trying to identify her lambs, lambs calling out for their moms. Everyone running around as if the sky if falling. It takes about 15 minutes for them to realize that the only thing that has changed is their surroundings.
We have had a rough start, but overall it has went well. Our lambing rate is lower than I would like-about 148 Percent. But we haven't had any losses yet, so that is a big plus.
About half of the ewes have lambed. The weather is improving along with our health so this next week should go much smoother.
And speaking of lambing, Delaney just came in from feeding hay and said a ewe in is labor..
Have a Great Weekend!!