Pumpkin . . . Fall 2011

Pumpkin . . . Fall 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lamb Update 4/5

Manon had a very large single black/grey mouflon ram lamb ~ he weighed close to 8 pounds and came out back feet first. This was a tricky pull as I had to do it super fast because the umbilical cord would be pinched causing a "gasp" reflex in the lamb. Some lambs drown and die immediately when this happens. To complicate matters the hocks of the lamb were locked and needed to be straighted. Since Manon has "always" given us twins, I became concerned that there was another one stuck. I caught our vet just leaving her office and she came over to give Manon an internal check just to be sure. Nope - this year she gave us just one big single. I needed penicillin anyway and I was out of lubricant so it was a good thing that she was able to stop by and help out . . . . . Thanks so much Dr. Church!

Yesterday evening during lamb check, Mark woke me up to say that there was a lamb in the paddock but it was too dark to see who it was. I went out and saw that the lamb was up and nursing and Penny was the mom. Penny is a grandaughter of NMI famous ram "Tolkis". This was her first lamb but since she was doing well and all the other pregnant ewes were sleeping in the barn - we decided to wait until morning to move her and her lamb into the lambing jug. She gave birth to a beautiful 6 1/2 pound black mouflon ram lamb with huge horn buds.

This morning at lamb check Saltina had just given birth to a beautiful black/grey badgerface ram. He was up and nursing and weighed about 7 pounds. His dad is Hun - who has been giving us some beautiful lambs this year. All three ram lambs are available for sale.

Buy local . . . . . Eat well . . . . .

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