So, yeah, I made a big deal about expecting lambs in the middle of March; Mea culpa, but not entirely. Let me explain. First off I will admit that although I failed to note the day we put the ewes out with the rams, I was fairly certain that that had occurred on or around October 15. Ovine gestation lasts about 150 days so I was not surprised when we did not have lambs on March 1 but was quite perplexed when the season did not begin, two weeks later, around the middle of the month. Day after day went by and the Joanna began to ask … Are you sure they’re bred and you haven’t just been feeding them too much? I assured her that the ewes had been with the rams for long enough for two complete heat cycles. When April 1 rolled around I began to worry and wondered whether we should catch up the girls to check to see if any was ‘bagging up.’ And then I thought, if the ewes had been cycling synchronously and had been first exposed to the rams just as they were coming off a cycle on October 15, that would have put lambing off another 17-21 days … just about right for #1407 (a little boy) to have arrived this afternoon, between rain showers. So you see, there’s always a rational explanation. Next year I will watch the ewes closely for signs of heat around the time they are first exposed to the rams and promise to note the date of first exposure on the kitchen calendar.Lamb1407

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