Today, Moonstruck Hazel, our oldest ewe, had twin rams on her birthday. One was born with a very thick membrane around him and was not able to get out in time and I was not able to save him as I just missed his birth, but I was there for his brother’s birth and helped him out of the membrane immediately, so he’s doing just fine. It’s a bit disapointing to start with a death, but Hazel turned 9 today so it’s probably better for her to raise just one lamb this year. Both looked to be 4 horned Jacobs and both were a healthy size. Hazel has had twins for us every year since singling her first year. She had this problem with the membranes once before but has lambed unassisted all the other times. She is a very devoted mother and is often our first to lamb.
This is probably going to be our last year having purebred Jacob lambs. We sold our ram, Summerhill Dennis, last fall after breeding and are planning to concentrate on the Icelandic sheep and some meat crosses. Our place is small, so it’s just easier to have one ram at a time.