Lambing Season is Over
I believe I can officially say that lambing season is now over. We had 53 lambs born, 28 ewes and 25 rams. To say we were busy is an under statement and actually this season was too drawn out for me. I found myself ready to quit on ewe number 20 and then they kept going… But, lots of healthy lambs and mostly uneventful.
I’m seeing a lot of consistent fleeces and some pretty color patterns. Seems as though my breeding plans have been working out and I’m starting to see the fruit of my labor. That’s always a good thing!
I’ve also been impressed by the amount of four horned lambs. I personally like the two horned variety, especially a nice wide sweep, but the four horned are easier to sell as they’re more unique.
And Larry Boy isn’t our only bottle lamb – meet “Ellie.” She is by Kenleigh’s Prescott and out of Sagebrush Lura and was abandoned in the bucket of our tractor. I have no idea why she was there, and why she was never claimed but she’s now living in the garden with Larry and we’re enjoying her girlie antics. There’s a big difference between ram lambs and ewe lambs – Ellie is much easier to feed… She’s certainly more polite.
With Prescott babies came the lilac coloring back to the flock. I’ve been using Raider on all the girls to improve fleeces and he has also improved horn-sets too but I’ve been wanting to bring back the lilac coloring also. Prescott is a black and white himself, but his daddy was a lilac (Patchwork Abraham) so he is what is known as a lilac carrier. When bred to a lilac or another lilac carrier, the resessive genes could mingle and produce lilac babies such as little Cora, above. Her mama is a five or six horned lilac (five horns can be seen, the sixth is fused) sired by Kenleigh’s Debonair. Cora (for “corazone” – notice the little heart on her butt?) will be staying here.
Little Patty here was born on St. Patrick’s day, hence the name. He is developing very nicely – nice length, topline, fleece and horns!
We’ve had some hiccups over the past couple months but all in all, came out with some lovely lambs and another successful lambing season. To see updated photos, pricing, and all the lambs in one place, visit our website at: www.mudranchjacobs.weebly.com (lots of nice potential flock sires!) or check out our facebook page at: www.facebook.com/mudranch – you know, you can even look at my facebook page, without having a facebook account so don’t be shy!