Lambing season is done, we think

Well, we think we are done having lambs. It was pretty drawn out this year and our plan to stop this is to turn the ram loose with the sheep in a confined space. When he has to run all over the farm and try and catch all the ewes to breed he starts taking his time and we need a faster approach. We will be putting the ram in with the ewes in 1-2 weeks so he can start the process all over again and we will have lambs again in five months!

  • Lamb finalized
  • 49 lambs born alive
  • 32 ewes delivered
  • 0 pregnant ewes (we think….)
  • 15 single lambs
  • 17 twin lambs
  • 3 bummer lambs, all survived
  • 29 lambs on the farm
  • 150% birthing rate
  • 144% production rate (goal >150%)
  • 96% survival rate at birth
  • 98% survival rate at 2 weeks

Annmarie has already sold 20-25 lambs to a person nearby who wants to start their own herd of hair sheep! The truly amazing part is this same person wants to run them in with his Dexter cows!! We got a good laugh out of that as we thought we were the only ones in the area who had done this. He wants the sheep to eat what the cows will not which is exactly what they will do. He has not yet discovered the joy of eating a hair sheep and the fact that they are milder and sweeter tasting.

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