I know there are a couple of you out there that really only read the blog for the lamb pictures, so here you go.
First, one of our cross bred lambs. She's 1/4 Coopworth, 1/4 Polypay and 1/2 Icelandic. And I might just keep this one. I'm curious to see her fleece in the spring.
Next, our youngest baby, a little Shetland ewe - fawn gulmoget. She was born to one of the few lambs I exposed to the ram last fall.
Below is the lamb from the first picture, with her twin sister.
Ram lamb, he's 1/2 Coopworth and 1/2 Icelandic. He was born to a yearling (coming two year old) Coopworth, a first time mom and he was HUGE when he was born. I don't weigh lambs anymore, now that we don't have a production flock, but I should have weighed him. He's about a month old (this picture was taken awhile ago) and is almost as big as our Shetland yearlings.
And this little guy was almost a bottle baby. He is one of Lily's (Shetland) lambs. He had a twin brother, but Lily had some health issues and lost the one. I supplemented him with the occasional bottle, but Lily is now back on her feet and he is off the bottle. But still very friendly. Which is unfortunate, since a friendly ram cannot stay on this farm.
And, last, but not least, another of the younger Shetland lambs. A pretty decent sized ram born to a first time mom. Grey katmoget.
And, I did a count and we ended up with 48 lambs and kids this year. Mostly twins, except to the first time moms - many of them had singles. I like crossing the Icelandic ram on the BWS ewes - the lambs end up with shorter tails and I didn't dock any of them. Just that big ram lamb above has a tail that is a bit long, but as he will go to market, I wasn't too concerned about that. It just didn't seem to make sense to dock off bits that were no longer than my finger (and I have little hands). And, since we are primarily a Shetland flock again, I figured all the sheep can now have small tails (we tried to leave longer docks on our BWS anyway).
So, there are some lamb pictures for you. Enjoy!