Bleary-eyed but here…

The perk benefit of staying up all night with ewes in labor?  Enjoying a gorgeous Montana sunrise…

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Victoria with her new ewe lamb, Gypsy.

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Lots of watching, waiting and coffee…

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Gypsy

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Black sheep of the family.

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Carly’s lamb pile-up!

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Garrett getting a little snuggle…

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Another pile-up!

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Going strong!

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Momma, I found this comfy, warm bed just for me!

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Going for a ride and getting weighed in the bag.

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Jug crawler…

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Never off duty…

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Wait for me mommy…

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Beautiful badgerfaced ewe lamb.

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Lamb kisses.

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Handsome Gotland/Icelandic cross.

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Stare down.

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Hide out.

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Is she gone?

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Lamb love!

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Gia and her momma.

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Pregnant…

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Freckles

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Run, jump and play!

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Sunning himself.

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Love his smile!

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Tiny set of twins.

 

 

 

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Flashy boys.

 

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Lots of stormy skies lately…

 

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Summer Sheep…

The sheep have been doing marvelous this summer despite the hotter than usual temperatures that have been here this summer.  In their home land, Icelandic sheep typically deal with a summer time average temperature of 78 degrees, we have been having mid 90’s.  I’m thankful that we don’t have a lot of humidity too!  We have been supplementing lots of extra B vitamins in their water tanks everyday along with extra cobalt, selenium and copper.  (Don’t worry, Icelandics need a lot more copper than most traditional sheep to stay healthy.)

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Lambs have been growing quick and have a wonderful fleece on them already!

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Out to Pasture…

We worked sheep this weekend…oiy!  It’s a good thing this guy really loves me.  He ended up trimming over 400 sheep feet, horns rammed into his shin, stabbed by needles…several times.  Then we had to do give supplemental BoSe and Thiamine to the lambs.  He even sheared poor Reykur, who missed the spring shearing and was in bad need of a trim.  Love this guy I tell ya!!

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A couple of my helpers…

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And a little muscle…

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But!  Once it was all over with…

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They were moved across the road to fresh pasture!  Oh my…IMG_6268

Happy sheep!

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The closest to a smile this tired shepherds came to all week!IMG_6309

There is just something about sheep, on new pasture, hungrily munching away that makes me feel all warm inside!IMG_6324

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Pulling a lamb…

 

Hayden has become quite the helper around here this lambing season.  He loves all aspects of lambing, even when things are going quite right.  He has witnessed two cesarean sections that were performed on ewes this year.  He has stayed up several times to the wee hours of the morning, assisting in lambing.  He fights with his older siblings over who gets to help pull the lambs.

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Here, Fiona, was having just a bit of difficulty getting this big ram lamb out.  Tori is showing Hayden what to do.   I like letting the kids help when it is not a crisis.  Then hopefully when there is a one, we can handle it better…IMG_3727

 

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One leg out and untangled…IMG_3732

Working on the other slippery one…IMG_3734

Pulling…IMG_3738

Both legs out and we can see the face and if you look close, horn buds through the perineal area…IMG_3739

Free!
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Mama getting him all cleaned up…
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