On Monday afternoon, Holly did a wonderful job bringing Kangaroo and Koala into the world, a white ram and white ewe lamb. They had very little time in the limelight as Ebbie had quadruplets at 4am Tuesday morning. They are Kira, Kaibab, Katydid, and Katya – one ram lamb and three ewe lambs, ranging from black to black with white markings to white. Ebbie has previously had triplets and twins, but this is her first set of quads. She seems relatively calm, all things considered. Holsteina still looks more than ready but thankfully she’s given us at least a brief respite. Elsa and Holsteina have given us triplets in years past, and Egret had quads last year… we shall see.
On that note, now taking deposits on ewe and ram lambs (or wethers). Contact me for details. Excellent milking genetics, quality fiber, good mothers. We’re not currently selling to customers seeking sheep for meat.
March 7th we had our first lambs born last year, and this year lambing also started on March 7th. Two ram lambs born to Halo at a very reasonable hour and a pretty reasonable temperature – a wonderful start to lambing season.
All was quiet at my morning barn check, but when I went out for chores an hour and a half later, I heard a wee voice when I was two steps from the barn. I also heard some adult sheeps bellowing. I pulled open the barn door to make sure I wasn’t making it up, and saw not one but two ewes licking one little white lamb. I turned around and booked it back to the house for the “go box” of lambing supplies. Back in the barn, we quickly deduced it was Halo’s lamb, but Egret was all in on trying to claim it for herself. With some maneuvering and body blocking, we got Halo and lamb into their own pen and left Egret out with the other ewes. The lamb was upright and standing on his own, but pretty cold. Without Egret’s confusion, Halo was able to calm down and the lamb started nursing almost immediately. After she cleaned him off and he had several meals, we got him in a sweater and finished chores for the rest of the crowd. Egret is nothing if not stubborn, and remained at the gate yelling that we’d taken her lamb from her. Not sure if she’s even pregnant, and if she is, she’s months behind the others (remember that Christmas fence break?). She had quadruplets last year though, so maybe after that experience, she thinks they’re all hers. Something to remember if I ever have an orphan lamb.
Without much warning, Halo laid down and decided to have another lamb. It was nearly effortless and done in under a minute. Another ram lamb, this one black with white markings, a bit larger than the first. He too was up and nursing in no time.
We’re so pleased to start lambing off with such an attentive mother and lively set of twins! Welcome to Kodiak and Kayak, the 31st and 32nd lambs born here! We started our lambing journey with the “C”s in Sumner, and now we’re all the way to “K”s in Hartford.
Milking and finding good homes for these boys is certain to follow!
March 1 marks the beginning of lambing season here this year. We’re looking forward to welcoming lambs, with milk and cheese soon following! Over the next month, rations will be increasing, we’ll be prepping pens in the barn, and wrapping up all of those things we were supposed to do this winter.
If you’re interested in purchasing lambs for milking genetics, fiber, or companion animals, please reach out to get on the list.
Our off-farm ventures are paused for now, but we’re hard at work turning last spring’s wool into beautiful yarn.
Hey ewe locals: use coupon code HEYEWE for 15% off all Etsy purchases if you’re picking up on farm instead of shipping, now through the end of the year. Or send us a message to schedule a time to shop by appointment in the farm store while wearing a mask.
We’re so grateful for all the support this year – thanks for making 2020 the best it could be.
Updated: You can find us at the Bethel Farmers’ Market Saturdays from 10a-12p at the Methodist Church on Main St. until Thanksgiving.
We’ll also have an Outdoor Market at the farm this weekend (10/24-10/25), 2-5p on Saturday and 12-4p on Sunday, with yarn and art set up outside if it’s not raining. Come say hi to the sheep and do some holiday shopping. Please wear a mask. We’ll reschedule if we get rained out.
Dairy production is finished for 2020, and we’ve moved into fiber production, spinning, dyeing, and knitting. Thanks to all who purchased our products so far this year! Breeding has started for lambing 2021, and so the cycle continues.