This evening not long after getting back from a family dinner out, we had two sets of twins born almost simultaneously. Brigetta, a purebred Icelandic ewe, had lambs sired by Rusty, a homebred ram lamb who is moorit gray and carries spotting. Now we know that Brigetta also carries spotting as both lambs are spotted. They are still wet, but it looks like the ram lamb may be black mouflon patterned, but we’ll be able to tell more when they are dry. Brigetta has a very large udder and teats, so I spent some time working with the lambs to make sure they learned how to latch on and get some milk . This is Brigetta’s first set of twins after 3 single’s in a row. She also has better than average parasite resistance in my flock so I’m really pleased she had two energetic lambs, an 8 pound ewe lamb and an 8.5 pound ram lamb.
Our new young Icelandic ram, Rambo, also sired some crossbred twins who were born today. Although we had put out Ralph, our yearling ram, to breed our larger crossbreds and Jacob ewes, he was not able to breed all of them before he needed to leave for his new home in mid-October. These lambs are out of our Jacob ewe, Lavender. They are also a ram and ewe and both weigh 8 pounds. Lavender needed some assistance with the second lamb as he had only a head presented and she wasn’t making progress. I examined her and found one leg and we delivered him with the other front leg pointed backwards. After a short rest while she cleaned him, she was up nursing both. It appears that Rambo probably carries spotting!