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Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018 - All done
« on: March 21, 2018, 01:11:35 PM »
This lambing season came to an unexpected but good for us ending.  We had a customer from last year that called and asked if we had any exposed ewes and I told them we had 3 due to lamb any day now.  He made me a decent offer and came to pick them up this morning.  I didn't plan on selling any of the yearlings but it works for us.  I hope y'all enjoyed this thread as much as I enjoy doing it.

Some might remember the Akbash 'puppy' that we brought home last August but it's hard to call him a pup any longer.  He still has a lot of growing to do but is right at 100 pounds now.  The close up of my ram Ringo is his "I'm going to stare at you till you give me an animal cracker" look.  The ram and the pup have a love/hate relationship going on and I try to keep the pup under control but if he isn't instigating something with the ram it is the other way around.

I had my shoulder surgery post op this morning and the Doc said go back to my regular routine and his philosophy is that if I'm doing something and it hurts, stop doing it.  :)

General Discussion / Re: First Hummingbird of the Season
« on: March 20, 2018, 06:21:28 PM »
Good action picture.  I never seem to have a camera handy when something like that shows up.

Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:19:23 PM »
Roller coaster weather.  It's supposed to get down to freezing tonight and as expected my fruit trees are in full bloom.  We got a few pictures this afternoon.  Our ram Ringo must have taken a few long breaks since we still have 3 ewes left to lamb. The picture of the ram at the mineral feeder reminds me that I need lower that dish.  He has good size and was 14 pounds at birth and is pushing 50 pounds right now at 30 days old.  They are on momma's milk and grass only so far but better than a pound a day is good and they won't be as fat as they would on grain.

The second picture is the ram lamb that at the edge of the gaggle that was born a couple of days ago.  Like all of the ram lambs they are long and lanky and will be ready for market at a good time for us.  I'm going to list two of the lambs as possible herd sires for a commercial flock since they look better than a lot of registered rams that are on the market.

We will start weaning the first born about this time next month and give the ewes a couple of months to regain some condition since we are going to breed the 10 oldest again in late May.

Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: March 15, 2018, 06:49:34 PM »
All 3 of the latest lambs are rams.  The twins are from our smallest ewe that we almost didn't breed because of her size.  The tins are 6.2 and 6.4 pounds.  The picture doesn't show it but the scraggly looking ewe actually has a beautiful coat under all of that hair that she is shedding.

The single ram is 10.5 pounds. We still have 4 more to lamb and hopefully we will get at least one more ewe to get us to our maximum base numbers if not a few more breeders to sell.

Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:14:08 PM »
Evidently our ram had a few busy nights.  I went down to tag the 3 in the stall and looked out to see another set of new born twins and a big single lamb.  They need some more bonding time before messing with them so I don't know their sex yet.

Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: March 15, 2018, 12:51:33 PM »
Here a few pictures of the single ewe and one set of twins. The other ewe and her twins are still off in the far paddock.

Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: March 14, 2018, 07:43:06 PM »
Two of our yearling ewes had twin lambs this afternoon.  By the time I got out there to make sure they were healthy it was getting dark so I'll get the details in the morning. 

That makes 17 lambs on the ground so far with 6 more ewes due to lamb.

We are pretty hands off when it comes to lambing time.  We handle all of the sheep throughout the year to avoid having to fight with them come hoof trimming and worming time but we don't mess with the lambs early on.  One of our mentors did an apprenticeship at one of the larger Sheep Stations in New Zealand.  He said their approach to lambing was to go on vacation when it comes time for lambing.  You often have a tendency to save a weak lamb when in most cases they weren't meant to survive and often become problems down the road.  Last year we brought them into shelters and gave them bonding time but all mostly what that did was stress out the ewes who only want to be left alone for a couple of days.

Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: March 13, 2018, 01:16:44 PM »
Here is the last born after putting an ear tag on her -  it's a ewe lamb and a big girl.  She was right at 12.5 today so probably a little over 11.5 at birth and is from the ewe that we had to pull a lamb from last season. You can barely tell it but she is going to have dark spots all over her head and back. That's two seasons in a row that this ewe had a single but since she has perfect confirmation and throws big lambs she can stick around for another season at least.

We still have one more from this bunch to lamb then the last eight should start around the 21st of this month.  We will call them all in the shelter before the next batch starts to lamb to give vaccinations and check/trim hooves.  My shoulder is a long way from being usable so I've been making good use of our friend and helper Jay (who is holding the lamb).

Happy Hour / Re: The beauty of a potential problem
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:05:17 AM »
We still have 1 1/2 of those still growing.  The 1/2 one got hit by a stock trailer that a tornado picked up and bounced off the tree so literally all of the branches on one side were broken off.  I've trimmed it severely to see if it might fill back up again since it is in a good spot for a tree (even a pain in the rear one :) )

Livestock / Re: Lambing Season 2018
« on: March 12, 2018, 11:12:34 AM »
Our #55 ewe had a single ewe lamb this morning.   No pictures till later but I'm guessing she is a little over 10 pounds so now we have 8 ram lambs and 5 ewe lambs.

My camera isn't cooperating and I think the shutter is sticking open since 12 of the 15 pictures I took awhile ago are over exposed (including the newest lamb).  I'll still post the couple I did get. We will be bringing everyone in over the next couple of weeks for shots and weights but the 1st born lambs are growing like weeds as you can see in the 1st picture.

The other picture is one of our yearling group that will be lambing soon. I'm hoping her coat sheds better over time since I like her lines.

I need to figure out what sheep code makes one of them to have to go pee in most of the pictures I take.

Happy Hour / Re: Got any interesting news?
« on: March 09, 2018, 02:43:18 PM »
Thanks for the kind words all. I had to spend the night since my numbers were all wrong but home now.  They gave me a percocet last night but that be the last one.

Surgery wasn't too bad but the Dr had to open up the whole joint to cut out some bone and a whole bunch scarred areas from leading such a gentle life. :)  He said I should ber at 80% in 8 weeks or so.

Happy Hour / Re: Got any interesting news?
« on: March 08, 2018, 06:45:27 AM »
I don't know if this qualifies as news but I'm heading to the hospital in a few minutes to hopefully get my right shoulder operated on and hopefully back on the way to being usable.  I've been working mostly with my left hand since August and I have my schedule open finally for some decent recovery time.  See you folks in a few days.

Happy Hour / Re: Tax time is -a-coming
« on: March 07, 2018, 06:59:33 AM »
I could never understand why people needed a CPA to assist with taxes until we started our little farm.

Ours was signed off last week thanks to Ms Lisa.

Livestock / Re: Officially a Chicken Lady
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:25:08 AM »
They make do.  :)

We have one of our 19 hens that will fly out of their pen and jump into a big flower pot that she pulled the plants out of months ago.  She will lay her egg and then wait by out back door until someone comes out to open the gate for her to go back into the pen.  She can fly out by getting on top of a hoop shelter but there is nothing to aid her getting back in.

She is our only chicken with a name - E.D. (Egg Delivery)

Recipes / Re: Beef Back Ribs
« on: March 02, 2018, 07:29:26 PM »
A load of those would be worth buying another freezer.   :D

General Discussion / Re: Prayers for Bill (Golpher Broke)
« on: March 02, 2018, 08:16:06 AM »
Praying that you keep your spirit up and the healing is on the way.

Recipes / Re: Beef Back Ribs
« on: March 02, 2018, 08:11:56 AM »
Those look cooked to perfection.  I had them for the first time last year from the steer we harvested and it will be on the menu from now on.

October will hopefully be better since we won't be through with this lambing season till mid April.  We start breeding again in October but the ram doesn't need us around for that.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Cajun Gardener Spring Get Together.........
« on: February 28, 2018, 08:28:25 PM »
We can't commit yet but would love to make it and have wanted to for a couple of years, 

Happy Hour / Re: Got any interesting news?
« on: February 28, 2018, 08:43:34 AM »
I think you should start a thread in livestock.  If nothing else you can let your daughter see it as a history of events as time goes on.  :)

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