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Lamb races and another ram lamb

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These photos were taken last week before the snow returned over the weekend - it's gone again now. You can see the grass is starting to grow again. Just in the nick of time, we're down to our last two big squares!


Around noon today, Dot delivered this cute little white 3/4 Shetland ram lamb. He is sired by Kimberwood Harrison, a black gulmoget Shetland. So I wonder what genetics are hidden under the white? Being a crossbreed, we'll probably never know. It was nice to see small ears again.
He's got a very curly soft fleece and a cute shetland face. A little mioget (phaeo?) patch over one eye and on one shoulder.

Dot didn't lick him off much, so I toweled him off and left them alone while I watched on the barn cam. I could see him up looking for the teat, but I wasn't sure if he actually did nurse. I tried giving him a supplement because he was shivering and he looks so skinny compared the big lambs we've had here this year. He didn't want the bottle…

By Request...

Okay, this video starring our little gulmoget ewe lamb is for Kim. All the sheep are staying in the pole building today because i's so dreary here with the snow and wind. The gulomget ewe lamb is only 3 days younger than the other lambs you see jumping on her and chasing her. She weighed 6.5 lbs. at birth, so she's not abnormally small. But she sure is cute. The other lambs are BFL/Shetland crosses and pretty big.
Please ignore my talking to the lambs hanging around my feet. I thought we had edited that out. ;-)

How about a video...

I can take movies with my new digital camera! I'm just testing this clip to see if I can get it to work on the blog. I've got some footage of the lamb races to share, but my son has to edit it for me. In the meantime here's an unedited short practice video showing a 2007 Shetland Mule on the left and a sweet little 2008 Shetland mule lamb on the right. The brown and black ewes in the barn (River Oaks Hannah and Hattie) are NOT pregnant, but they are nursing twins. Disregard the big tummies on them. ;-)

Spring Interrupted

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We woke this morning to a blanket of snow. The tulips are up, the grass was starting to take off after the recent rain, and now we're back to a snow-covered landscape. Thankfully we're not going to get a lot of accumulation like I think Garrett and Sabrina are in for.


Anyway, Cocoa was the only who came out to call for food this morning. I swear they watch for the blinds to open on the patio door and then start in bellowing.

My girls are keeping me waiting, no new lambs here since the gulmoget was born on Tuesday.
I'm thinking that Rhyn, our yearling BFL and Jemma, a 6 year old Shetland hopefully bred to Harrison (above photo taken last week), will go next. But who knows.

Our yearling fawn katmoget, Abby, is just starting to look pregnant so I'm afraid she's carrying a BFL cross rather than a Harrison baby. Darn! And Cora, a 2 year old musket Shetland is suddenly looking pretty pregnant. I hope she delivers soon as I may have found a new home for her and I'…

Tuesday's addition - a gulmoget ewe lamb!

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Well, this week Tuesday brought us another exciting event. We got our first ever black gulmoget Shetland ewe, she's out of River Oaks Lucy and Kimberwood Harrison. I've been hoping for a gulmoget or a gul-kat out of Lucy. I had a 25% chance of getting a solid, a katmoget, a gulmoget, or a gul-kat. I am so happy to get a gulmoget! AND a ewe lamb too. I tripled checked and it's still a girl!

Spots anyone?

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Well, I think it's safe to say that BFL's can sire spots! Check out our spotted BFL/Shetland cross babies for 2008...

Mabeline's ram lamb front and back view... also above. He's very friendly like his mom.


Black head markings, socks and tail. ;-) What a cutie and his fleece is going to be crimpy!

And here's his sister, with black head markings, socks, and tail too. I think she'll have longer fleece.


And here's Cocoa's ram lamb, front and back...




And Jasmine's krunet ram lamb...he's really very black with little white eye spots and one under his chin too.

And we can't have a post without including a shot of Lanora's ewe lamb, I'm thinking of calling her Leora, and there's Cocoa's ram lamb in the background. The BFL lamb seems like a little pony among the other lambs. What long legs she has!


And this is a photo from last week showing how big our yearling Shetland Mule's 3/4 BFL ram lamb was at birth. Now that's a big lam…

Spotted Twins

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Well Mabeline came through with some nicely spotted twins this afternoon! She had no problems, just an easy delivery of some very good sized BFL/Shetland crosses. A ram and a ewe.
The ewe lamb is darker with longer fleece and the ram lamb is lighter. Both look like they are yuglet fleckets to me. They have black socks and tails too. I'll have to get better photos of them after they dry off. I'll be keeping the ewe lamb for sure.

Jasmine's black krunet crossbred ram lamb weighed in at 10 lbs. tonight. Mabeline's twins are 8.5 pounds for the ewe and and 9 pounds for the ram lamb. There are no more BFL sired crosses to come. Just one more purebred BFL and a Shetland sired crossbred out of Dot.

We still have 3, maybe 4, purebred Shetlands to go too. It looks like all will be singles from here on out. Three of the remaining ewes were bred to a gulmoget ram. So it will be exciting to see if we get our first gulmoget too.

Lanora's ewe lamb is looking good, but stil…

Our First Purebred BFL lamb and more crosses

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We've been busy around here yesterday and today! Lanora delivered our first BFL ewe lamb yesterday. It was a tough delivery with one leg back, but we all made it through in the end. Lots of panic ensued(for me) in the meantime and I even had an emergency vet on the way. I've never had to assist like that before. Fortunately we got the baby out and cancelled the vet. Mother and baby are doing fine this morning.

While talking on the phone this morning, I noticed on the barn cam what looked like Jasmine nursing a little black lamb just outside the barn door. Sure enough, when I got out there I found this nice black krunet BFL/Shetland cross ram lamb following his mom like an old pro. I jugged them and clipped and dipped. That's the way I like lambing!


And it looks like Mabeline, the widest ewe of them all, starting to labor in the corner of the barn across from the barn cam. I hope all goes well. I'm still hoping to get a colored mule lamb to retain for breedin…

More Ram lambs

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Well Tuesday must be the day around here. Last Tuesday we were blessed with Hattie's twins (above) and Elsa's twin ewe Shetland Mule lambs (below) ...


and this Tuesday Delia gave us this 3/4 BFL ram lamb (man, is he BIG! 13 lbs at a day and a half old- poor Delia! She's just a yearling).....



then an hour later, Cocoa presented us with this BFL/Shetland cross ram lamb (he's another big boy, 11.5 lbs at a day and a half. He's the same size as Elsa's twins already. Cocoa always gives me blettets, smirslets or yuglets - this guy is a smirslet, not quite a yuglet on the one side. His fleece is so striking - it reminds me of Gotland fleece. He's very friendly already too)....


And this morning around 10 a.m., Derra had this beautiful 3/4 BFL white ram lamb (born with one leg back - pretty tough on a yearling ewe, good thing he wasn't overly large -- oops, we weighed him tonight, he's 10.5 pounds! She did great!).

All the new boys found the teat right aw…

A Lull in Lambing...

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I took some photos of the lambs this morning, Elsa's white ewe lambs are so photogenic.
Gosh, they are all SO cute and SO friendly! What fun to see them run and bounce as only lambs can do. They love being petted and having chin scratches. Oh the fleeces feel soft too. Below is a photo of Hannah's mioget ram lamb. He's built like a brick house. You can see his horns are coming in now.


We suffered through a nasty snowstorm here this week. I had to lock the girls inside the barn for two days. The wind was coming from the east and blowing right into the ewe and lamb area. We only got about 6 inches of heavy wet snow, but the winds were awful and the temps plummeted. It was like being in February again - very depressing. School was closed too. Things are really starting to melt today and the wind has died down. The girls were glad to be able to go outside again yesterday, even if there is just snow and no grass. The forecast is for 60 degree temps this week. I hope that …

Finally some ewe lambs!

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Cordelia had a single fawn katmoget ram lamb (above and below) yesterday which brought the purebred Shetland lamb count up to FOUR ram lambs and ZERO ewe lambs. She's 10 years old so a single is probably good for her. Isn't he a cutie?

Thankfully Hattie broke the ram streak by delivering a little moorit ewe lamb about 5:00 a.m. today. I went out to check on them about 5:30 because I couldn't get back to sleep after checking the barn cam and seeing nothing happening. Well Hattie was delivering outside. The ewe lamb was very cold. I fixed up another jug and brought them inside. Then Hattie delivered a BIG black ram. No more, just the two. They are both doing fine. I'm hoping the black one will turn out to be a dark brown eventually.

Sorry I don't have a better photo of them to share...but this ewe lamb is in front and her brother is in back here.


After clipping, dipping and stripping Hattie's lambs, I went in to make some coffee and noticed that Els…

One more ram lamb...and waiting for the ewes

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We got another moorit ram lamb yesterday. He's out of River Oaks Eliza and Windswept Boggart. He's pretty big, a single with big horn buds. He and his mom, Eliza, are for sale as a package this spring. He carries modified and UK genetics.


Eliza has one of the best fleeces in our Shetland flock, she's got a beautiful face and very pleasant personality. In fact, her fleece is the one Shetland fleece I saved for competitions this year. Last year she had a white ram lamb with the same sire. He had really nice fleece but his right horn was close. We can wether this little guy if the pair goes to a fiber home.


Hanah's two boys are smaller in comparison with Eliza's boy. The smirslet twin the smallest of all the lambs. He's such a cutie! Notice the little moon spot on the lighter twin's rump. He's also got lighter areas on the top of his head and ears. Hannah has moon spots too.



Today I'm hoping that Hattie will drop whatever it is she's carr…

Yes! We Have Lambs!

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Hannah delivered a set of ram lambs this afternoon with very little fanfare and on her due date no less. A moorit smirslet and a lighter moorit, possibly mioget (fingers crossed!).

It was beautiful warm day. I fed the ewes about 2:00 p.m. and strolled the pasture, thinking of my rotational grazing plans for summer.

While feeding, I noticed that Elsa had lost her mucous plug and looked very dropped. She's not due until Monday, but it wouldn't be uncommon for her to go 3 days early (144 days). So when I came in the house, I turned on the barn cam. I had the sound on, but didn't hear any sounds of labor. After a while I noticed a bunch of ewes all very interested in something in the corner of the barn. And one dark ewe's tail was elevated for the whole time - Elsa is white. I listened for baby sounds, nothing. Finally the ewes stepped back and I saw a tiny little white spotted head bobbing around! I put on my boots and flew out to the barn with Ozzie.

All was quie…