Since I last posted we have had 2 brown moorit single ram lambs from Amelia and Modi on 4/18. I pulled Amelias, because I needed to get to a doctor’s appointment and didn’t want Kelly to have to worrry. He was presented fine, but was a solid 8.5 pounds and I felt better seeing him out before I left. While at work, Modi had her lamb, but Kelly assisted. He also was 8.5, but presented with a leg back. Kelly saved the day for Modi and her new lamb. I can tell the two appart because Modi’s has tighter curled wool, but the two are very similar looking.
On April 19, Lucy, one of our yearling ewes who is consigned to the Banner sheep sale in Wooster over Memorial Day weekend, had a pretty solid black single ewe lamb without any help. She was 9 pounds at birth. Lucy was herself a large single ewe lamb. This lamb also has a white spot on top of her head, but I don’t think she is actually “spotted”. I think it’s what they call flashing, but it gives her a distintive look.
April 20, Annie, a two-year old ewe, who Alex showed in 4H last year had black gray twins. The ewe lamb was out when I checked them after coming home from work. I originally thought one of my Jacob cross lambs was harrassing Annie until she laid down and tried to push out her second lamb. He had some serious horn buds so I helped get him out, but both are healthy and doing well at 6 and 8 pounds. Annie is homozygous gray and the lambs will both be gray but it’s hard to see their “sugar lips” markings unless you look close.
As of today, we are waiting on 5 more Icelandic ewes to lamb fairly soon. One, Andromeda is very large and is already waiting in the lambing pen – maybe triplets!? The other 4 are 3 yearlings and a two year old. We also have 5 other ewes who we hope are pregnant, but may be due in May. One Jacob ewe, two Icelandic ewes and 2 Tunis/Jacob cross ewes. Either they didn’t like the ram they were put iwith or they aren’t pregnant. Tucker seems to think one of them in particular isn’t pregnant – yet.
Our total so far is 24 lambs
7 sets of twins and 10 singles
Total: 13 rams and 11 ewes
crosses: 11: 5 rams and 6 ewes
Pure Icelandics 13: 8 rams and 5 ewes