Three Proud Mamas
The ewes are still having lambs. We usually begin lambing in mid January. The gestation cycle of a lamb is five months. The majority of the sheep get bred beginning in August or September. (Sheep are seasonable breeders which means that they can only become pregnant certain times of the year.) The ewe lambs who aren’t quite mature in August usually don’t become pregnant until later in the year.
By April, our first lambs have already gone to market. Lambs from the younger ewes continue to be born. We had another just this morning. I caught this photo two weeks ago of three young mothers with their one day old lambs. If a mom is a good mom, she will carefully guard her lamb. These three watched my every move.