Ebbie and Holly each had singles this year, a ewe lamb, Lucy, to Ebbie, and a ram lamb, Leo, to Holly. This marks the end of lambing 2022! Stay tuned for Dairy Opening Day in a few weeks. For those of you waiting for news on buying some of this year’s lambs, I’ll be in touch soon!
Lambapalooza 2022 and +3 Lambs
Triplets to Holsteina last night! Welcome, Lyrical (the miracle), Lion, and Lynx. One white ewe lamb and two colorful ram lambs.
Holsteina’s idea was to have them in a snowbank, but we vetoed that. Lyrical spent some time in that gray area between life and death, but we were determined and convinced her to live. 14 degrees is not an easy temperature to start life at, but all are doing well now. Holsteina is a great mother.
Lambapalooza: March 20th, 12-5pm, 2022
Come meet this year’s lambs! Snuggle and help socialize the new lambs, and learn about our amazing flock of dairy sheep.
Wear clothes and boots appropriate for the barn. The farm store will be open with art and wool products – no dairy yet, it’s for the lambs!!
Please wear a mask in the farm store. Do not come if you have recently tested positive for covid or if you have symptoms of covid. We appreciate your respect for our health — farmers can’t take sick days.
Welcome, Luna and Lark! Twin ewe lambs to Elsa this morning to kick off lambing 2022. Triplet brother was stillborn, but sisters are both doing well. Eating, sleeping, and getting cleaned up by Elsa. Three more ewes expected to lamb in the next few weeks, and then we’ll sort out who is for sale and who we’re keeping. And of course after that, FETA.
Things are mostly quiet on the farm… we’re counting down to lambing, which could start as early as Feb. 28th. In the meantime, there’s lots of wool to process and some business-y things I’m supposed to take care of that would never happen during milking season.
The ewes are fully fleeced and cozy warm. With minimal snow, they’ve enjoyed wandering further from the barn than they do in some years. We’re pleased that everyone is in good health and that things are mostly going according to plan — a good feeling for a farmer.
Milking season is winding down! The ewes are in charge of how this process goes exactly, but we expect that dairy production for 2021 will be all wrapped up by mid-September. We’ll still be at Bethel Farmers’ Market each Saturday with some dairy. A limited selection of dairy can still be found at Fare Share Co-op in Norway. The farm store is now open only on Tuesdays 2-6 for FarmDrop order pick-up. You can find our dairy on FarmDrop, along with items from other surrounding farms. If you need dairy at other times, feel free to reach out and I’ll see what I can do.
The ewes get a little break before breeding this fall — they deserve it! Then they spend the winter growing lambs and lovely fleeces. We’ll spend the fall and winter processing wool — washing, carding, spinning, dyeing, and knitting.