On Sunday morning we had a set of twins from one of our first time mums, Nutella. She had a ram and a ewe lamb. When we went to treat the lambs' navels with iodine, we noticed that the little ram lamb had a hernia with some of his intestines outside his body. Waking the poor vet up at 8.30am on a Sunday morning is never a nice thing to do, but she put everything back in its place and stitched up the lamb. He was very weak and we didn't think he had a great chance of survival, but we knew we had to do our best for him. Following a stomach tubing with his mother's colostrum and a nice nap in front of the Aga, he made a miraculous recovery and is now doing really well with his mum and sister!
On Tuesday evening we had a set of triplets. We have a policy of only allowing our ewes to rear a maximum of two lambs, so we took one of the lambs and put him on our Shepherdess warm milk feeder. Our vet rang us today to say that a lamb had been found on the road by a member of the public, and since its owner or mother was nowhere to be seen, they brought the lamb to the vet. We have taken the lamb in and once she recovered from the trauma of her morning, we introduced her to our other pet lamb. We have named the new lamb Angel, and she seems to be settling in really well.
We have had a slow but steady start to lambing, with eight lambs so far from four ewes. The bulk of our flock will lamb between now and 20th March, but some of our early born lambs are looking really good. The lambs so far are sired by Dun-Mor Yogi Bear and Stonecroft Samurai. Below is one of our very promising ram lambs who we hope to show later in the year. I have put more photos of the lambs in the 'Pictures' section.
It's also time to think about our show team for 2015. We have chosen two rams, one shearling ewe and two ewes who will be clipped shortly so that they have plenty of time to grow their fleeces back before the shows start.
Nicola and Geraldine
Two hobby shepherds