We are about a week out from seeing our first lambs arrive. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I am feeling. I think this season is one of my favorites, ranking up there with all major holidays. 😉
- Very large Audrad, pregnant with AI babies. Sire is Raftur from Iceland!
This fall we imported semen from Iceland to inseminate some of the ewes with. I am not sure how successful we were but we definitely had a couple catch, which is very exciting!
- Esja checking out the hen.
It was quite funny watching Esja interact with this hen. She would let the hen pick little pieces of hay off of her and wag her tail the whole time. 🙂
- Red heads!
Dugur made sure everyone was behaving themselves and would come and check things out every couple of minutes…
- Dugur watching…
I love the pattern of the Silver Laced Wyandotte! So dainty looking.
- Silver Laced Wyandotte
Lukka is another ewe in the AI group. We are hoping she caught with a Grabotni straw.
- Hen nesting in one of the ewe sheds…
Dyr, the ewe matriarch decided to stick her head in and see what I was up to.
- Dyr, the matriarch.
- Getting a drink.
Uma is another ewe that looks like she caught with AI. Yeah!
- Dyr (in front) and Uma.
Pretty Sybil was taking a bit of a rest…
- Sybil, resting.
Druna is expecting her first lamb this spring.
- A one winter ewe, Druna.
Esja, is another hopeful…in the AI category. She looks as if she could be carrying Bogi babies!
- A bit of a belly on Esja.
The rain started up so these two took shelter and I took that as my cue to head back to the house!
- Hiding out~ Drifa and Alita.
It was a balmy 43 degrees today, complete with sun which turn the pasture into…
a watery, icy, slick mess. 😦 Ugh!
- Wading through the pasture…
Did I mention we received 2/10ths of an inch or rain too?
- Breve and Depla
There is not normally a pond in the middle of our pasture.
- Coconut crossing through the icy, watery mess…
- Tip-toeing along the edges…
- Trying to cross…
- The matriarch and her reflection….
- The rams pen, not as bad as the ewes.
- The heifers…
On a side note, I think we successfully AI’ed Butterscotch (the red Dexter) about 45 days ago! We should be expecting a calf sometime in early September!!
The sheep remind me of the kids, they have a nice dry hillside to stay on but are out exploring the puddles! Hopefully the weather cools down a bit or seriously warms up to dry up this mess.
It is January…. right?
Nice quite day here, on the farm. Enjoying the snow and wintry like weather!
Frank and Bellah playing in the snow.
Iris and Dugur
Mark out feeding
Mark moving snow
The farm to the South
The farm to the North
Finally a taste of winter!
- The sheep out in the snow…
- Vaka out investigating…
Mark and Sawyer pounding posts
What a gorgeous day. We are relishing every minute of this warm weather we are having, knowing in the back of our minds that winter will be here before too long… Back to breaking waterers open every morning and evening, making sure there is ample straw in the sheds, feeding hay, and breaking ewes up into breeding groups. Which is what we had in mind today, knowing that soon enough we will be needing to break up the ewes into 5-6 pens with a hunky ram. Problem is is that we do not have that many (secure) pens, making sure rams stay in there designated spot without any break-ins from any roaming Romeo. So Mark ended up trading the use of our drill for the use of a wood post-pounder to make more pens. They will be great to put breeding groups into or wean lambs in or to keep sheep secure in during the evenings.
All lined up with the sun flowers.
At other places on the farm…
Dyr with Glacier Park in the background...
Louise grazing as the sun goes down...
A part of the farm...