Cheeky

This is the twin brother of our crossbred Shetland ram lamb #1400 whose photo I posted several days ago. He’s showing not a little bit of attitude here.  Margaret, one of our two-year-olds, presented twins just this morning and so with that happy event yet another of our lambing seasons comes to an end. We put twelve ewes out and these were bred successfully thanks to the unyielding efforts of herd sire Woodruff an his understudy Siegfried. Among the births we had eight sets of twins and four singles. We had two losses and Marcie, a yearling who was supposed to have been kept from the rams, lambed a single. If my math is correct that gives us nineteen healthy lambs on the ground today. Although we are expecting rain within the next day or so it is warm and dry at the moment. Once the approaching weather system clears we will begin shearing. After that it’ll be on to castrating and then culling. There have been times when our flock numbered very near 100 head … since then we have culled rigorously while selecting for wool color and character. We like to go into fall breeding with ten or twelve mature ewes, eight or ten ewe lambs, and two rams. Right now we’ve got forty-two animals on pasture. We need to reduced the flock by half  come September and that’s always a difficult task. We will need to say goodbye to older animals we have come to know well and to younger ones that don’t fit into the architecture of this small spinning flock. For now though all are on green pasture and are very much enjoying the fresh air, warm breezes, and bright blue sky.

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