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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2017, 04:55:44 PM »
They are actually pretty smart critters.  It' supposed to get down to 14 degrees this weekend so that's probably what they are waiting for.  :)
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2017, 03:27:46 PM »
Our number 7 was a ewe lamb born on Saturday from a ewe that was not showing a single sign that she was getting close.  I held on to her while my wife tried to see is she had any milk at all and didn't get a drop.  Her bag had not filled at all and the lamb wasn't getting any milk.  We didn't want to pull the lamb to fast and we had some colostrum replacer so mixed some up and got her to take that down.  We went out an hour later to give her some more and were greeted the lamb sucking away and the little tail happily wiggling.

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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2017, 04:14:17 PM »
How many ewe lambs will you keep?
I assume all but othe one ram lamb you liked will be sold in the spring.
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Re: Getting ready for lambing.
« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2017, 05:17:02 PM »
So far we plan on keeping all of the ewes unless some are slow to grow.  Even the little twin that was born has caught up with her brother.  We won't be keeping any of the rams since this flock wasn't tracked very well and we have no idea who was already line bred or to who.  One of the rams will be going in the freezer but we don't process till they are full grown.  We have a line on a registered Katahdin yearling ram from a great line in Georgia that we will pick up sometime next month.  We won't breed the adult ewes back until starting in August and we will hold the lambs till they are a year old for spring lambs.

Our goal is a base flock of 40-50.
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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2017, 06:52:19 PM »
Numbers 8 & 9 were born this afternoon to our biggest and wildest ewe.  Twin lambs one ram lamb and one ewe lamb both just a hair under 9 lbs.  These two have perfect builds and should be big like their momma.  Both of these may be keepers but the ewe definitely will.

Total so far is 5 females and 4 males with 3 left to lamb.

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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2017, 12:47:38 PM »
Mike,
Do you sell your ram lambs locally for processing or do you transport elsewhere? I was jus wondering what the market was like for lambs in your area.
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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2017, 03:22:55 PM »
We take them to Columbia which is about 25 miles away and has the best prices for an auction since they get buyers out of Nashville.  Many sell via Facebook if they already have a reputation but many go just by word of mouth or endorsement from our processor who refers some folks to us.

The market is actually quite good.  We have a friend that sells most of her market lambs to ethnic folks around religious holidays.  The market anywhere between 25 - 40 depending on the ram count.  We even know a couple of folks who got out of cattle to transition to sheep.
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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2017, 11:27:05 AM »
This ram lamb was born two days ago.  This is another that had shown no sign and didn't have any milk when the lamb was born so we did the first 3 feedings.  The ewe started making milk by early afternoon and is now being a good momma.

The little chunk on the outside looking in is two days shy of being a month old.

Two more still to lamb and the count is 5 boys and 5 girls.

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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2017, 09:53:10 PM »
They are nice looking animals Mike.  I can tell they are tended to . :)    judy

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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2017, 08:49:32 AM »
Great picture!
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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #30 on: January 22, 2017, 03:24:46 PM »
We had our 12th lamb this morning and had to call for reinforcements.  I was walking up the hill from our shop and saw the last ewe to deliver down by herself and her lamb was obviously stuck.  Head out and one foot was visible and she was really in distress.  Our neighbor and his son came over and with their help we caught her and pulled the lamb.  Fortunately she accepted the ewe lamb when we left the pen and they are now in our nursery pen along with the one born yesterday and the one the day before.

This is the last for this season and we are more than happy to have it over during some decent but unexpected warm weather.

Finally tally is 7 females and 5 males.

I couldn't get a decent picture with that many lambs in one pen they do too many photo bombs.

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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #31 on: January 22, 2017, 05:00:14 PM »
Congratulations Mike,

Looks like y'all have a full nursery!!
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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #32 on: January 22, 2017, 05:38:48 PM »
Thanks - we won't feed them quite as good next season.  We had 3 lambs that were over 11 pounds and were hard to deliver.
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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #33 on: January 22, 2017, 06:54:43 PM »
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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #34 on: January 23, 2017, 10:08:56 AM »
The little ones are so cute.
 I am glad your ewe's were able to deliver such big  healthy lambs.
If possible I would enjoy continuing to see photos of them as they grow up.
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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2017, 02:51:59 PM »
I'll post some more Maggie.  They lose their cuteness pretty quick.  The twin born a month ago is  28 pounds and he was just 9.5 when he was born.  He is the one in the front of the hay rack.  The 11 pound ram that just passed one month and is over 30 pounds.  You can see his fat butt on the left beside his mom.  All of those that are right at a month old are putting on almost a pound a day.




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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #36 on: January 23, 2017, 06:46:57 PM »
The 1st picture is of the 3 lambs in the nursery.  Counter clock wise from the upper left they are 3, 2 and 1 day old.  The bigger lamb on the right is the one we pulled yesterday (one day old) and he is considerable bigger than the other two older ones.

The 2nd picture is the ram lamb that was born a month ago at 11+ pounds he is pushing 28 pounds now  They all just have numbers and not names but this boy goes by Hoss.  We are considering leaving him intact as you can already see the traits he will carry as he matures.


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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #37 on: January 23, 2017, 07:04:12 PM »
I had no idea they grew that fast.
I love cheese made from ewes milk. It must taste so good because it is so rich.
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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #38 on: January 23, 2017, 07:51:34 PM »
We have one that has an udder that looks like a goat.  :)  She figured out as soon as we got her that she liked being spoiled.  She was then and is now the first to come looking for a neck scratch because she knows she can stick her head in the feed bucket if the silly humans get to pet her.  She doesn't have the size we are wanting to have but she has a home here as long as she lives since she does put out pretty lambs.  The whole flock was borderline feral when we got them but you couldn't tell it based on the way they are now.

They grow slower but steady if on pasture only but we are supplementing with feed and alfalfa since we want to have them ready for market at 6 months.
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Re: Lambing is going on
« Reply #39 on: January 24, 2017, 06:26:15 AM »
What is ideal weight for market?
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