Tuesday we continued the task of separating the larger lambs from their mamas. The lambs are large enough that they don't need to keep nursing and their mamas need a break. How do we accomplish such a task? First, we have to coral all the animals into one space. This job isn't possible without the help of a couple of Border Collies. After a few mis-steps, we got all the sheep into the greenhouse barn. My job was pretty non-stressful. I had to work the gate and help pick out the biggish lambs from amongst the "sea of sheep."
Here's another shot of the "sea of sheep." Can you pick out the Border Leicester Ram and the Cheviot Ram? Try - I dare you.
Clue - they look the most manly.... Answer at the end of the post......
The smaller lambs that have been born mostly to yearlings over the past few weeks will be staying at the greenhouse barn. Here's a cute little one wondering what the heck is going on.
Eeyore, gentle donkey that he is, was watching all the action. Taking it all in. He's got a lovely shaggy winter coat which will shed soon.
Speaking of men, The Farmer did all the heavy lifting, as per usual. I admit, I'm not good at diving for fast moving lambs. The Farmer was a long distance runner and I swear his endurance he built up as a teen is carrying him through to this day - only now, he's running after and diving after sheep and lambs. Here he's carrying a Shetland/Romney cross-bred ram lamb. Do you see the horns on the lamb? This is the first lamb we have ever had with horns. The horn part comes from the Shetland breeding. The Romney stock we have are naturally "polled" which means no horns.
Most of the lambs born in January are getting rather big. We have been moving them to the pasture in the front of our house slowly over the last couple weeks. We have to supplement them with hay because the grass at this time of year can't quite keep up with the number of animals. Plenty of hay left from last year's harvest though.
Here's the trailer full of lambs arriving.
The dogs look pretty happy -- knowing they have something official to do all day long now.
The freshly arrived lambs are getting acquainted with their old buddies now. You can see that their numbers have faded now that they have been out in the weather and their fleeces are growing.
In the evening, everyone looked pretty happy grazing away. The trees are showing signs of buds. It was an awesome night - lots of incredibly subtle colors in the landscape all getting ready to pop.
Phoebe, our older Border Collie slept well last night. She's turning 11 this month but she's doing fine - still interested in life and sheep if a bit gray around the muzzle.... but who isn't?
Ram Answer: The big bald headed sheep in the middle of the photo is the full-grown Border Leicester ram. The smaller, perky eared and bald headed sheep at the back left is the yearling Cheviot ram.