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Jon kneels down to let the pregnant Cascade Farmstead ewes check him out. Visit our website to learn more about these great little low-maintenance, no-shear, meat sheep!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Musings about Mother's Day

2010 lambing season is nearly over, with lots of color and variety. What fun! Have I mentioned that I LOVE lambing season???

Here is a handsome guy, named Greener Pastures Kilimanjaro. He was only a week old in this photo, and look at those sturdy legs! Wow. We ear tagged him yesterday, along with the other lambs, and he spent the afternoon trying to catch that thing that was ever-so-slightly out of his range of vision. Jon was amused. Kilimanjaro was not.

Here are a couple of gorgeous girls; Greener Pastures Kittiwake and Katydid. Kittiwake is staying here on our farm, and Katydid will live in the Midwest after she’s weaned. Their dam is what we call a “banana peel” shedder; her fleece peels right off. Most let their fleeces come off in chunks that wind up on the fences or the pasture unless we want it and manage to get to it first.

This is Greener Pastures Jeepers with her young daughter, shown yesterday morning. Greener Pastures Jitterbug is right behind her.

And here’s a photo taken a short time later that same day; Jeepers’ fleece rooed right off. We were able to take handfuls easily and finished her off within 5 minutes. Her belly wool wasn’t ready to shed yet, and I can see now that we forgot to tidy her tail. It will fall off on it’s own, but I might just pluck it off the next time we catch and roo the ewes. You can see that Jitterbug was willing to let go of half of her fleece; the rest just wasn’t ready yet. And Honeysuckle, who typically gives us 4 to 6 grocery bags full of fleece, wasn’t ready to part with hers just yet.

And here is our youngest lamb to date; Greener Pastures Kia is also going to live in the midwest after weaning!

Rooing and eartagging were one of the things we did on Mother's Day. Have I mentioned that I love lambing season?