I had the shearer scheduled for 4 on Friday, but at lunch, I ran home from work to give a lutalyse shot to Chloey who had a retained placenta. Chloey got her shot but there were two new lambs to deal with as well. Periwinkle, our last Jacob ewe to go besides a yearling, had a ram and ewe, but they seemed sort of off and weak. The ewe was a bit uncoordinated in her movements. They stayed in their corner during shearing and Periwinkle guarded them and fed them a few times but they seemed a bit more lethargic than they should have been.
Shearing went well. I had shorn a couple ewes early myself, but we had 20 shorn Friday evening and even had a couple people stop in to watch some of the sheep get shorn. Even Checkers the llama got a full haircut but after the spectators left. He was not pleased! He looks pretty slick now though and is ready for the warm weather. Our shearers do alpacas also and were just getting ready to go on the road to do alpaca farms throughout the country so we were lucky to have them. When shearing was all done, I put the new lambs and Periwinkle in the maternity stall to spoil them and let them bond, but the lambs were too thin and weak and Periwinkle’s udder was a bit hard for them to work with. Just to get them off to a good start, I got up every 2 to 4 hours Friday night and tub fed them with colostrum. By morning, the ram lamb was doing great, but I kept tubing the ewe a couple times until I saw her getting around well and nursing with more gusto. They seem to be doing well today since I saw them play and jump around together and they have the nice fat feeling I like.
Saturday, we scheduled a trip to go pick up some meat-type ewes. They are last years lambs born in April or May and are both 75% Texel. The white one is 25% Finn and the black one is 25% Dorper. Kelly wanted to try out raising some meat sheep and we named them “Kelly” and “Chocolate” the brown/black one is Chocolate. They may be bred to a Texel ram, but we don’t know for sure.