One of the hardest things for me is to wean the lambs off the bottle. Some of them just need a little extra milk and when they are old enough and doing well it is not necessary. However they love the "free milk" they have had these past weeks. They are eating grain, hay and drinking water so are really ready to be a "big". I know it's harder on me than them. Although they cry and are looking for the bottle, it really only takes a few days before they ask no more.
We are closing in on weaning. Lambs will be weaned from their Mom's around May 7th. They will then be ready for pickup a few days later. We still have 12 purebred Finn ram lambs and 4 purebred Finn ewe lambs available.
The lambs are growing nicely. They are beginning to eat and drink on their own. It is always a pleasure to see them start to show independence from their Mom's. Gotta love those sweet sweet faces.
Shearing was completed yesterday Wednesday ! Finally. Our shearer Jeff Burchstead did a fantastic job. Our girls are all sporting their new look today! It is always a great feeling to have this yearly project done!
Today Friday the 10th was our planned shearing date. Has been on the calendar since January. However Mother Nature again had other plans as it is sloppy, rainy and raw outside. We have rescheduled with Jeff Burchstead our shearer for Tuesday the 14th of April. So far the weather forecast looks "sunny and warm". Here's hoping! I am looking forward to having them all sheared ! I think they are ready as well.
Despite the end of actual lambing season we are still busy monitoring, feeding and lovin' on the lambs. They are a fantastic bunch. Today as I sat in one of the pastures I was surrounded by 6-7 lambs all wanting a scratch on the ear and some attention. Finn's are so friendly and curious. I keep telling them that "I only have two hands". Some elect to catapult themselves into my lap! Nothing makes you smile more than being surrounded by little lambs :)
Lambing season is done!! We did end up with 35 lambs. They are all thriving and happy. If you remember the blackboard from Jan with our guesses as to how many lambs /ewe and the date of delivery is complete. We needed to guess the correct amount or date or it didnt count toward the total. If you get it right you get a circle...................I am here to say the final tally is 8 circles to 6. I (Kathy) win the bragging rights for the year! Oh how sweet it is................basically the little game just fills the time between breeding and delivery!!! It's fun.
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