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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Ewe Working?

This past weekend we had the pleasure of working the ewes, checking body condition, udders, and giving them their CD&T vaccination.  We like to vaccinate the ewes a few weeks before they start lambing so their lambs will have some passive, temporary immunity when they drink their mother’s colostrum.  This temporary immunity lasts for about 6 weeks, giving the lambs a good start.

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A handsome helper…

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Giving shots…

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Working hard…

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Frank dog…

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Next…

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Did I mention the mud?

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Sapphire all finished.

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Little lambs sunning themselves…

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 Astrid giving chicken rides…

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My wonderful crew…

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Us, a bit mud-spattered!

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Out checking the ewe lambs…

 

We had a bit of blue sky and no snow, great time to check out the ewe lambs across the road…

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The lambs and sheep are looking wonderful!  Their fleeces have grown all summer long….

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The rams fleeces even look exceptional this year!

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They are even feeling a bit ramish, those hormones are changing as we creep closer to the end of October.

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Thankfully, Brandon was available to shear this last weekend and did a wonderful job!

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Some more of the shearing crew…

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Jason, my brother-in-law, even sheared a bit.  He’s shearing my favorite fleece here…

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All business…

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A happy Dugur dog…

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A pretty mouflon…

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Two rams getting reacquainted after loosing their fleeces.

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They don’t seem to really recognize each other and will fight reestablish the pecking order.  Boys!

What a job!  It took the whole weekend but all sheep came out of beautiful and now I have a ton of fleece to sort through!  Any helpers?

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Fair winnings…

 

 

Our little Braaten bunch did pretty good at the fair yesterday….

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Tori received Reserve Champion Showman in the Senior division and placed 4th out of about 35 lambs and received a purple top 10 ribbon in the market class!

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Garrett also received Reserve Champion Showman in the Junior division and placed 5th in Market and received a purple ribbon.

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Maddie placed 4th in the Junior division for Showmanship and her lamb placed 10th in Market getting her a purple ribbon!

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Hayden received Grand Champion Showman in the Junior Novice division which had two huge classes of lambs!  He did sooo well his first year showing.  His lamb was one short for making the cut to final round in market.

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Teigen even showed in the Peewee division where all the participants wins a ribbon!

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Our fiber and breedstock projects did an excellent job as well!  Dodge ram won overall Grand champion in the breedstock division and Blossom’s ewe lamb won Reserve Champion.  Our lambs received the majority of the rest of the ribbons too!  Edge ram won Overall Grand  Champion over all other fiber animals and in his own division.  Feebee won Grand Champion in the ewe division for fiber and we received the majority of the rest of the ribbons awarded!

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Wonderful Day!!

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