Tucker seems to be a bit lazy lately so I sheared him last week, except for a spot on his leg when he decided he’d had enough. He has such pretty wool. Yesterday was hot, but he sure had a good appetite. We had an cantaloupe that was getting soft and a pumpkin we picked up at the hay auction in the morning. I even put mollases out in some water and he lapped it right up.
We are also keeping a ram lamb this year. His mother was “Socks”, one of our foundation ewes and Kelly, my husband’s, favorite sheep of all time. She was feeding two fast growing lambs who were taking a lot out of her and then she came down with grass tetany, or magnesium difficiency. We had the vet in and he treated her, but her age and condition made it hard for her to recover. Luckily, Ralph and his brother were big enough and off to a good start so they have continuted to grow well despite losing their mother. We plan to try linebreeding him to one of his half sisters from a previous year – Rose, plus some of the ewes who had ewe lambs we are keeping this year, like Andromeda. Ralph should carry spotting so he and Andromeda have a chance of producing a spotted lamb.