February 4, 2017

Lambing time...but not really | On the Farm











A belated Happy New Year to you all!

We had our first lamb of the year born on January 31st. Not when we typically lamb, but this was not a mistake!  We bred two of our ewes to lamb early on purpose.  Most 4-H lambs are born this time of year, and we wanted to see how we liked January/February lambing. To be honest, we aren't too crazy about it. *grin* It's been very cold and we have a ton of snow.  Maybe someday when we have a bigger sheep shed.  But for now, we're happy that most of our ewes will be lambing in March as usual.  In the meantime, we were excited to welcome our first lamb.  A single ram lamb, weighing in at 17 lbs.  Tabitha did a good job her second time lambing!  Ivy enjoyed petting the lamb, and "riding" Maggie. She's fearless, that girl of mine. *smile*

We just got about 10 inches of fresh snow dumped on us yesterday. 
 How's the weather where you live?
Are you ready for spring, or still loving winter like me?  
I want to know!

14 comments:

  1. HI Tasha and Happy New Year to you too!! Wow, you are really getting a snowy winter this year. I know how much you love snow and cold so this year must be fantastic. We had a very warm Fall and January so all of the azaleas in my yard are in full bloom and the early trees like Redbud and Wild Plum are also in full bloom. Looks like we are going to have a very early Spring which I hope doesn't mean we have an early and looooong Summer!!

    Your new lamb is adorable and the photos with Ivy are just so cute. Not too much longer until you have a new baby coming too. So glad you posted the latest news and that all of you are doing good! Take good care and enjoy your beautiful Winter!!

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    1. We've had some really lame winters the last few years, so we're really loving this "real" winter!!

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  2. Ivy's getting so big! Seems like she was just born a few months ago.

    Congratulations on your new little ram! Do you intend to name him?

    Re: Weather: It snowed pretty regularly for the first week or so of January, then it was rain, rain, rain, but the temps have been pretty mild over all. The Lord gave us a clear, sunny spell last weekend so we could attend my grandfather's memorial service in California (from which we're still recovering...), and now we're back to rain.

    I'm so ready for Spring! We're already seeing daffodil leaves pocking through the soil!

    Take care, and God bless!
    ~R~

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    1. She's is growing so fast. I really can't believe it myself!

      Thanks! I believe Hank named him Humphrey. Not sure why, but it will do. ;)

      I'm so sorry about your grandfather. :(

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  3. It's currently a sweltering hot summer here in Australia so the pictures of snow were very welcome indeed! Aww your daughter looks so sweet :-D Lovely seeing the photos!

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    1. With all of our snow, it's hard to believe that it is summer anywhere! ;) Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  4. I love the picture of Ivy petting the sheep's face. She's going to grow up loving those animals as much as you do, I'm sure!

    If our long-term forecast is any indication I think we're going to have a real (but very early) spring here in Louisiana. We normally just jump from winter to summer, haha--but temps are very mild right now, bordering on pleasantly warm. I really have no complaints; I'd rather have this than be miserably damp and cold.

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    1. That is my favorite, too :)

      I don't blame you! An early spring sounds far better than cold and damp!

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  5. 17lbs is huge!! Did you name him? ;)
    Love all the snow, and I agree, January and February is harder although the profit is bigger for lambs and goats with breeding season and 4-H season...
    Love that little fearless girl of yours!! <3

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    1. He is a bit one, although I think our biggest was 19 lbs! Hank has named him Humphrey. :)

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    2. I like Humphrey... That's cute. :) Ivy is so cute in these photos!!

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  6. What precious pictures! Ivy is so sweet and I miss seeing you guys! Oh, and I'm thinking Ivy and I need to get a picture taken in our matching pink carhartt coats. :)

    Love ya!

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    1. We miss seeing you, too! I think that picture would be cuteness overload, and we must do it! :D
      Love you, too!

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  7. Aw! I love all the photos! Ivy is getting so big! She's adorable! And so are the sheep! Winter in Seattle has been a lot colder and snowier than usual, and I would love it if not for the heating bills, haha! ;)

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