We are finally done lambing here as of 5-5-10. We have a total of 10 pure Jacobs (5 rams and 5 ewes) , 5 crosses(2 ewes and 3 rams) and 12 Icelandics (3 rams and 9 ewes). We are really happy with how they came out and how well they are growing. We did lose a couple during lambing and one after, but all seems well at this point. One small Icelandic ewe did not have a lamb, but she was not mature enough to breed anyway.
I checked a few random lambs’ eyelids for signs of parasites and so far, they are looking good, but I plan to try some fecal egg counts this year to monitor parasites and parasite resistance in a different/additional way.
Tansy’s (PAV 396P) moorit/gray ewe lamb was born on 3-25 with her white ram twin. I couldn’t get a good picture of him and he’s been wethered already anyway. She is our only polled lamb this year. Her mother is polled but produces horned rams and polled ewes. She is also our only moorit lamb this year. Her mother is a bit wild and uptight, but has given us slightly more parasite resistant lambs than some of our others. She also has very soft wool. I”m hoping this lamb inherits these positive traits from her mother. Her wool is nice so far, but it’s too soon to tell on parasites, and she wasn’t one I could catch last night. In this picture, she is about 5 weeks old.
Our next set of Icelandic lambs are Rose’s. She had twin ewe lambs on 4/7/10. Rose is a black mouflon/badger ewe with wonderful soft wool, which she seems to pass on well. One of her lambs is the same pattern combo as she and the other is black gray badger. She had similar colored lambs last year, exept they were rams.
This is another shot of Rose’s lambs. Grizz, our yearling ram is behind them, and one of the black mouflon lambs is in the forground – I think it’s Bunny.
Sock’s (our other PAV ewe) and Rose’s mother is a spotted black mouflon ewe and is our flock “boss” in many ways. Her lambs were born 4-19-10 and are two very similar looking black frosted mouflon ewes. One seems to have somewhat less “frosting” and softer fleece, but they are a bit hard to tell apart sometimes.
They look almost the same at first glance.
This the the one I think has the softer fleece. The one below has a bit more frosting around her chest and along her side
I think the one in the top picture has the softer fleece. The one below has a bit more frosting around her chest and along her side
This is our moorit solid ewe, Modi’s, ewe lamb for 2010. She also has a black mouflon brother.
We call her “Star” because of the marking on her forehead, and she seem to have a “smiley” expression. Modi is a good producer of wonderful wool. Her fleeces have won prizes at the Great Lakes Wool show every year I enter them. Last year we kept one of her sons and I plan to enter his fleece.
On April 22, our yearling ewe out of Sock’s, Cinnamon, had her petite black mouflon ewe lamb. Cinnamon was a frosted Mouflon lamb like the ones above, although she has a different father. Cinnamon and Sock’s lambs are by Grizz, our moorit mouflon yearling ram. Cinnamon’s lamb is small but compact and very energetic. I call her “Bunny” because she’s wiggly and strong, like holding a wild rabbit. Cinnamon is following in the footsteps of her mother in being a very devoted and effective mother. Bunny started at around 6 pounds, but is growing like a weed.
Andromeda is probably my favorite ewe. She is friendly, has nice wool, is built well and is a wonderful mother. I eagerly awaited her lambs as I actually had a breeding date in December for her. She was so huge before lambing and I somehow counted 20 instead of 21 weeks so I stressed out a bit when I thought she was late. Andromeda lambed two days before her actual due date and had beautiful twin ewes. I was with her when she gave birth. She needed no help, but seemed to appreciate the company.
One lamb is probably homozygous gray. Andromeda is moort gray and Jack, the father, is black gray mouflon.
This is a rear view. It will be interesting to watch these two develop. They are only a couple of days old in this picture. Born 4-30-10.
Last but not least, our dear Silvia had a single black mouflon ram lamb. I may actually not wether him right away, because he has the best chance of my lambs of being more parasite resistant. Last year, Silvia’s ewe lamb Chloey was born late and very small, but hardly needed wormed at all. The lamb’s father is Grizz, who was somewhat more worm resistant than his brother and some of our other lambs.
I actually don’t have a good picture of Silvia and her lamb yet, but this is Chloey, her yearling daughter.
(I just love her horns!)
Silvia is solid black and is also a bit small compared to others in my flock. Her fleece is exceptionally soft, but she’s not good at staying clean. I bought her with Andromeda and they have really different personalities, although they are somewhat related.