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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Mark luring the ewes in with a bit of grain…P1140010

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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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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Little Snowflake…

 

 

Snow, snow and more snow.  It just keeps on falling…

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Weekend Happenings…

Outside on the farm…

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Thor

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Bellah

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Gunnar…

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A perfect arrow!  Chicken Track…IMG_8707

Dugur’s sweet face…

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Some happens inside…

I was able to skirt quite a few fleeces.

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My helper, Mr Zesty…photo (43)

A little color inside…

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African Violet blooming…P4010151 P4010155

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Macro Monday

Falling…

Everyone seems to be enjoying the snowy weather we’ve had.

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The sheep and dogs seem to do better in the cold than in the heat, which especially make sense with our Icelandic sheep.

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Tori walking back to the house from feeding and watering her horse.

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Kletta, Tori’s Icelandic Sheepdog really enjoys the snow.

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Hazel.

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Part of the flock…

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Despite having a nice warm, straw lined barn to snuggle in, Dugur prefers to hang out with the sheep.

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Snow kisses anyone?

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Audrad and Aubrey bedded down in the snow…

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Gunnar, our other Icelandic Sheepdog hanging out in the snow…

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White on white…

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Breakfast!

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Same thing with Thor, he found out in the pasture rather than in the straw filled sheds he shares with the rams.

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Whatcha looking for Kletta?

Whatcha looking for Kletta?

We are suppose to be getting more snow later on this week!  We shall see.

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