Lambing…

We had a surprise lambing while we were gone on our trip over the weekend…IMG_0531

She was even born on Valentine’s Day…and it’s the letter “H”‘s year for naming lambs…so we couldn’t resist naming this little girl Heart!                   IMG_0524

The mama is one of our Suffolk ewes and daddy, we are thinking is one of our Icelandic rams!  An unknown breeding must have happened before we separated our sheep last fall.IMG_0537

But she’s awfully sweet and like the looks of her.  🙂IMG_0543

We were glad that our older kids were at home.  When they went out to feed in the afternoon she was dried off and had a full tummy.  🙂  Thank goodness she is half Icelandic to give her some vigor.

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First Taste of Spring…

We’ve had our first taste of Spring this year!  Finally, the four Suffolk ewes we had bred last fall lambed.  They were all a week later than expected but it worked out wonderfully as the week they were due we had temperatures 20 to 30 below zero with lots of snow.  The temperatures have shifted to the high 30’s and low 40’s, a bit better for lambing in.  Smart mamas!

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The first ewe to lamb was Garrett’s ewe, Velma.  She had no problems and lambed in front of a large audience, giving birth to a large, single, ram lamb

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The next ewe to lamb was Teigen’s ewe, Cookie, she is a yearling and it was her first time lambing.  Sometime in the wee hours of the morning she gave birth.   When I went to check the ewes in the morning, Teigen’s ewe was out standing with a little lamb beside it and then my eye caught a little lump in the snow.  When I went closer I found another lamb, I thought she was dead and then she moved just a bit…wow…made me go into hyper-drive. She was sooo cold, cold mouth, body, etc. I couldn’t believe she was still alive. She had the full spa treatment…warm water soak while in a garbage sack to retain all of the mama’s smells, tubed with mama’s milk, then on to a warming box with a hairdryer, and eventually a warm rice sock on the belly and she gradually came to life. She started to nuzzle and looking for something to eat and drank most of her bottle…

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And as things typically go in our house, the recycling had just been taken out and the only bottle we could find was a 2 liter bottle!  But it did the trick…

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The kids have affectionately named her Elsa from the movie Frozen.   Elsa, eventually tried out her little legs and then did some more snuggling with the rice sock. When she woke up and she was hungry and her temperature was back to normal, so she was reunited with mom and brother.  The mom ended up taking  her back no problems, let her nurse and all is well!

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The next one to lamb was Maddie’s ewe, Wild…

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Again with a full audience hanging out in the feed bunk…IMG_8840

Two onlookers…

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The second little ewe lamb was having a bit of trouble breathing so I was busy using a nasal syringe  to help clear the mucous from her throat. IMG_8850-001 IMG_8838

A nice set of twins, one ram and one ewe!

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Garrett and Emmy watching…

Then Sunday morning we were greeted with this…

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A strong, healthy ewe lamb.  Dried off and had a full belly!

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Now we have a few weeks off until the Icelandics start their run.  Which will mean long days and short nights. But I look forward to it all year!  Hopefully the Icelandics have as good of a run as the Suffolks did.

Coming Soon…

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Sheep…

We’ve been having a lot of foggy, pea-soupish mornings this past week.

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We’ve also put our breeding groups together and can expect to start lambing at a much earlier date than this past spring.

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Espen

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Eran

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Elly

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Echo and Ewecalyptus

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Espen handing out kisses…

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Drifa

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Evening…

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Freckles

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Danika

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Chesapeake

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Eira

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Edge’s group of ladies…

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The elderly group with Bacchus

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Bacchus with Druna

We’ve also had some beautiful fall sunsets this past week.

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Thor keeping an eye on everything

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Shearing Day…

Wow!! What a day!  We had a five man and one woman crew hit the farm this afternoon with the single mission of shearing.  They did an outstanding job and had all 110 sheep nekid within an hour.  We weren’t able to get a shearer in this fall so it was a great relief to have it done today, about a month or so before lambing will start.  Here are some pictures of this afternoon, mostly taken by my 11 year-old, Garrett!

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Here comes the snow…

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The older kids moving the sheep up the shoots to the shearing plant…

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Mark pushing them from behind

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Hayden and I moving them in…

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Waiting their turns…

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The gate keeper…

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Shearing happened  a bit earlier than what I had hoped to have them shorn but the crew was coming through our area.  We missed fall shearing and rather than miss spring shearing and then really worry about them overheating this summer we went ahead and had it done.  The sheep might get a bit cool, but we have lots of places for them to get out of the cold and stay toasty.  We also have put down a couple of extra-large round straw bales out for them to nestle into.  Luckily the weather forecast is supposed to keep warming up and be in the mid 40′s with lows in the mid 30′s.  Thankfully no rain is in the forecast.

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Calypso looks just thrilled…

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Handsome Horned Rams…

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These are our farms handsome horned rams.  We breed for correct conformation, meaty build, horn-set and temperament.  The rams we use come from milky ewes, that raise quick-growing lambs.  Most of our rams have luxurious, soft fleece.  We over-wintered about 30 rams and will most likely keep the ones, here on this page and will be offering a couple of them for sale later this year.  It isn’t the final cut yet, as we will reevaluate everyone after shearing and get a hand on them.

I have three rams below that need names though… I would love your input   🙂    Last year was our “E” year, so I would prefer names that start with E.  Thanks!

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Eclipse

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Bacchus

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Edge

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I need a name suggestion for this handsome guy! Preferably names that start with an “E” as that is what year they were born on…

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I need a name suggestion for this handsome guy! Preferably names that start with an “E” as that is what year they were born on…

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Sullivan aka Sully…

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Another of Sully…

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Elgur…

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I need a name suggestion for this handsome guy! Preferably names that start with an “E” as that is what year they were born on…

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Ewan…

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Draumur…

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Eldur

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Eran

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Weekend Favorites…

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Emma coming in from her first sled ride of the year…

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The storm moving on and BLUE sky…

We have so very little blue sky in the winter, that when it does pop through…we just have to go out and soak it up.

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Big brother Garrett, carrying little Emma to the house…

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A hen in the crab apple tree…

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Iris laughing…

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A snowy Kletta. An Icelandic Sheepdog.

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More blue sky. I just love how the clouds part right above the driveway.

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Thor, moving out…

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Saying “Hi!”

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