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Got a new ewe
« on: April 18, 2017, 07:01:38 PM »
Hoping not to jinx myself but now that we know enough about sheep to at least know where to go for answers,  we are ready to start upgrading.  We want a bigger sized sheep and we also want some color.  There is a farm about 1 1/2 hours from us that has some outstanding lines and we got this pregnant ewe last week.  We also bought ourselves a 4 year old Katahdin ram that we will bring home in the next couple of weeks.

This girl is due to lamb possibly as early as 10 days from now and looks to at least be carrying twins.  We are keeping her away from the rest of the flock till she lambs and her lamb(s) get some size on them before merging with the others.  The lamb in the picture is our #3 lamb born the 21st of December and just shy of 70 lbs now.

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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 07:08:30 PM »
I wish you all the best as you branch out to improve your flock.

Will the ewe throw black and white lambs or is the another color in the mix?
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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 07:18:04 PM »
She is a mix of black and brown and white so it could be anything.  Colors are usually dominant for a couple of generations anyway.  We are hoping for a ram lamb out of this one.  The sire has the size and pedigree that we would like to have someday.
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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 11:15:34 AM »
Glad to see you are introducing a new bloodline into your flock.  Is the new ewe of the hair type sheep.  Enjoy your post and pictures.

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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 07:37:02 PM »
Thanks Ben - she is a pure blood Katahdin hair sheep.  All of our other sheep are hair sheep but they are a Dorper/Katahdin cross.  The 4H folks have asked us to breed some full blooded Katahdins so we are adding some full blood Katahdins and will use the others as a commercial flock for sales.

I'm attaching a picture of her taken this afternoon.  She is definitely carrying at least twins and is showing all of the signs of being ready to lamb any time now.  Where she came from they have had 8 lambs hit the ground in the last 24 hours and she was in that group.

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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2017, 04:57:12 PM »
Rather than start another thread I'll add a picture to this one since it is about the ewe anyway.  We do have some more color for our flock. The spotted ewe had twin ewe lambs about noon, one is solid black the other is all black except for a white patch on it's forehead. They are both just under 8 pounds each and long legged with really well built flanks.  We think we did good with this one.  We were hoping she was not bred by the ram that we bought from the same place and her delivery date says she was bred by their other ram.  I had a better picture of the lambs but I didn't realize the ewe was eating her afterbirth in the original pictures so I took another quick one that wasn't so graphic.  A good mother sheep will eat her placenta since her instinct is telling her to get rid of the evidence of lambing.  We take care of it for them once we know that their lambs are nursing but stay out of the pen till then.

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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2017, 06:07:21 PM »
Cute!
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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2017, 08:12:17 PM »
Don't know much about lambs, but they look healthy, and cute.

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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2017, 03:51:29 PM »
Mike, now you got a couple black sheep in the family!!!

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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2017, 08:26:08 PM »
My family has several black sheep but these two girls are cuteys.  :)
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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2017, 07:28:30 AM »
so cute   ;D
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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2017, 05:56:40 PM »
The black lambs are big enough now to join the main flock along with their mom.  She will go into a holding pen with the ewes born this winter so they won't get bred early.  The older ewes go in with the ram in mid July.  Our breeding plans are being dictated by a wedding we are going to in October so we will make sure there are no lambs due that month.

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Re: Got a new ewe
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2017, 05:28:55 AM »
They are still cute!
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