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Hi ladies, I've had an eventful weekend here on the farm.  Started with a ewe who presented her lamb head first but no legs visible so I had to go fishing and pull it.  A very large (15.5 lb) black ram lamb who set a new weight record for us.  He has a halo of white wool on the top of his head so I've called him Gabriel.  This ewe is famous for multiple lambs so when she didn't present another I had to go looking.  Found a pair of legs way far in so managed to grab them and pull.  Turned out they were hind legs (semi breech) which explained why she wasn't contracting or feeling the need to push.  This was another ram lamb but white this time and about half the size.  He was out of the placenta and quite bloody which was quite unusual.  He was too weak to nurse so I had to stomach tube him twice yesterday and keep him under a heat lamp in the barn with Mom and brother.  This morning when I went down to check he was up on all 4 feet and nursing on his own - yippee!!

The we had a ewe who was not progressing with her labor and not dilating which meant we had to call in the vet.  Ended up having to do a c-section to save Mom and try to save the baby.  Unfortunately the baby was already dead and it's doubtful we'll ever be able to breed her again as she had suffered internal trauma.  Of course it was one of my best ewe's, a colored Romney with a killer fleece.  Hopefully we'll be able to prevent infection.  Time will tell.  She was up and eating and drinking the next morning so fingers crossed.  It was 2am before I got to bed after this one.

Today we had a ewe deliver a white ram lamb and I'm glad to say both Mom and baby are doing fine!

Here's some pics for you:

                             Looking for the right stop to lamb.  This

                             is a Coopworth ewe which is a cross between

                             a Romney and Border Leicestershire.

                            If you look closely you can see a black

                            head starting to emerge.

                                                            Just born

                             Not quite ready to stand

                             Up on his feet and looking for milk.  The

                            brown sheep in the background is this ewe's lamb

                            from last year.  She's quite curious!  It'll be her

                            turn next Spring.

                             Lamb #2

                             Lambs born earlier in the week.

                             Mom wondering what the heck I'm doing!

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Well I checked out the price of the Wooly Winder and it would be $250 delivered!  Guess I'll just have to put up with an uneven bobbin!

I think your bobbins look pretty darn good!  :o)

Here's our bright, shiny, new calf  "Jeffrey"

And here's what's trotting around my house now....

Of course they had to be bathed first and wear a diaper if they were coming in the house!!

This is what we woke up to here this morning......

Oh, Julie, Jeffrey is SO, SO cute... not to mention how adorable the lambs are. 

How sweet!  And the lambs look so happy.  Of course, if I got to be warm inside instead of out in the cold wet snow I'd probably look that happy, too.  Congrats, Julie!

One little fellow has a touch of pnumonia and with our weather being so cold and wet I thought it best to bring her in the house.  The other little lamb was rejected by her Mom so it's more convenient for me to have her in the house rather than run back and forth between home and the barn all day, especially in this weather.

How absolutely adorable!  All of 'em.  I'll bet that's interesting having the 'little ones' inside your home.  That would be so much fun.  Well, at least I think it would be fun - lol. 

And Yuk! to the snow.  It's pretty, no doubt, but way too late in the year for me.

Yes it is interesting having them in the house, for a week or two, then they get to be too much like sheep and climb on everything!  I second the Yuk to the snow!!


How is the mom doing? 

I assume you mean the cow Mom.  She's doing very well now and just about back to normal thankfully.  She sure had us scared!!

Well that is good news!

OMG, sheep diapers! How funny. Hope everyone stays warm.


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