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Lambs, lambs, and more lambs!

Saturday morning we found Grizzle in labor, digging nests and trying to push out her lamb.  After 45 minutes without any progress we decided we better see what was going on.  Mark found the first lamb presenting it self bottom first, so he went digging and found hind-feet and pulled the first guy.

A nice black ram lamb that weighed in at almost 6 lbs. and having a nice set of horn buds.

The second was also pulled since we weren’t sure how long she had actually been in labor for.  It was a good thing too because he was twisted all up in a knot.  It took some doing but my hubby was able to get him pulled and the little guy spun to life.

He weighed in at 6 1/2 pounds and is the spitting image of his brother and his sire, Blackfoot.

Griz is one of my best mammas!  She keeps a very close eye on her babies and always has plenty of milk.  Her lambs are always quick-growing and vigorous.

Sunday morning we awoke to Wisteria and …

two more babies!  One ram lamb…

He is a handsome spotted moorit (brown) ram, weighing close to 7 lbs.

and finally a little girl!

She is also  spotted moorit in color, almost an exact replica of her mama.

Every year that we have lambed we have started our names with a certain letter of the alphabet.  So the first year most of the names started with “A”, the next year “B” and so on.  This year is an “E” year and since she made her debut on Easter that shall be her name.  :0)

They were sired by Drafnar.

Monday morning we had an extra special event occur!  Our first AI lambs arrived!!  We imported semen from Iceland through our sheep breeders co-op and had the pleasure of trying to catch these girls at just the right moment and trying to Artificially Inseminate them.  This helps to keep the gene pool fresh and is very exciting to be using the same wonderful rams that are available to farmers in Iceland.

Eisa is a beautiful white ewe lamb that will have horns, she carries moorit and spotting.   She weighed 7 lbs.   It was wonderful to walk out and find these gems all dried off, up and nursing!

And Eldur…

He is a very handsome horned white ram lamb that will carry moorit and spotting!  He weighed close to 8 lbs.

Check out his horn buds…

Sired By:  Kveikur 05-965

Then later that morning, poor Audna, whom was almost a week over due decided it was time to get the show on the road!

She delivered two huge ram lambs without assistance.  You could tell they were both rams before they were born, due their horn buds showing through the perineum .  Um ouch!

He is a frosted black mouflon and will carry moorit.  He weighed a whopping 10 lbs!

His brother arrived about a half hour later…

He is a very handsome moorit mouflon that weighed in at 9 lbs even!

The two together…

Such handsome little fellows!  Also sired by Blackfoot.

A quick shot of Sybil and one of her boys!

And one more of Wisteria’s ram lamb, with the cool tuft of white on his head!

The kids checking out one of Grizzle’s new lambs.

Nasty weather moving in again.

I have several more looking real close, better go check on them.  Cross your fingers and say a little prayer for more ewe lambs.

Give me your best “E” names for lambs too!  Please?  :0)

Delilah

Birthing….

As I said before, we have a couple of (very) late babies this year but they were definitely worth waiting for.  Lukka lambed on the 3rd, adding a gorgeous white ewe lamb and a handsome black grey ram lamb to the flock.

Dawn

Dusk

For the brave here are some birth pictures…

(more…)

More Babies?!

What happens when a ram gets a hernia?   Well with this ram in particular he became infertile.  We had a handful of ewes that were in with this ram and only 1 became pregnant.  We were a little…ok …a lot late in turning in a back-up ram with the ewes resulting in JULY babies!  Oiy.  But they are cute as buttons!

Dimity

One is a beautiful polled black grey ewe lamb out a first time ewe, Eyja.  She did an excellent job of lambing and claiming her baby right away.  Dimity was up promptly and got busy nursing.

The next ewe to lamb in this late season was Bridle.  In the wee hours of the night she delivered twins and had them both clean and  with full bellies by the time we found them in the morning.

Durango

Durango is a handsome polled moorit spotted ram that possible is grey too.  We’ll see as he grows whether or not he is grey.

Damia

Damia is a beautiful, polled, moorit, spotted ewe that might also be grey.

Sometimes things don’t go as planned~but babies in July isn’t so bad! 😉

Pairs…

Griz's with Daisy and Dakota

Coconut and Darling

Astrid and Dew

Loiuse with Diamond and Delilah

Audrad with Dalla and Drifa

Charcoal and Coal

Kelda’s Lambs

After noticing Kelda doing some serious contracting and some of our wonderful Montana spring weather brewing, we brought her into a jug to get her out of the blowing snow.  Then after an hour of hardly any contractions we decided to check her and found a lamb presenting correctly with just it legs needing a bit of a pull to make a little more room in the pelvis.  She continued to push the lamb out, dry her off and push out the next.  I think had Kelda been delivering on her own she would have lambed just fine.

Kelda and her lambs.

Kelda’s Lambs:




Diecey:

  • Birth Date: April 15th
  • Weight: 8lbs 11oz
  • Color/Pattern: Black Spotted
  • Unregistrable
  • Ewe Lamb
  • Polled




Domino

  • Birth Date: April 15th
  • Weight: 8lbs 11oz
  • Color/Pattern: Black Spotted
  • Unregistrable
  • Ram Lamb
  • Polled
Sired By:  Caliber

Sybil’s Lambs

Another case of walking up to the barn and finding two dried off lambs ready to go! 🙂

Tori with Drizzle

Sybil’s Lambs:





Drizzle


  • Birth Date: April 10th
  • Weight: 6lbs 3oz
  • Color/Pattern: Black Grey
  • Unregistrable
  • Ewe Lamb
  • Horned
Dusty:

  • Birth Date: April 10th
  • Weight: 8lbs 11oz
  • Color/Pattern: Black Grey
  • Unregistrable
  • Ram Lamb
  • Horned
Sired By: