Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Last Lamb!

We now officially have the last lamb of the season at Wild Rose Farm ...... #802, a 12 year old Rambouillet ewe delivered a ram lamb during the day.  It's still in the 90's here and she had the lamb under the shade of the pine trees.  We brought them down to the barn area this afternoon and created a shady spot for them for a couple of days.  I specifically went looking for her last night to see how she was doing.  She was looking pretty full and she had dropped in around her tail head.  Nothing going on this morning, so was thinking that something might happen today.  It's amazing in the spring that you have to worry about freezing temps, now we're concerned about the heat! 
A word about the late delivery.  A "tight" lambing season is preferred and most of our lambs are born in a 3 week time frame in late April/early May.  However, we leave the ram in with the ewes as long as possible if he's not pushing them around.  It's one less chore to do and the ram is happier in the flock.  If we were to cull a ewe for not having a lamb, we wouldn't be going to the auction until we weaned off lambs from the other ewes and put a little weight back on them.  There are always a few ewes to cull and she would just join them.  Now at least we got a lamb.  This is only her 2nd single lamb in her "career".  Not bad for a 12 year old ..... and yes, we checked, she still has her teeth. 
Evening grazing for the flock - temps in the 90's! 

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