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Location: North-east PA, United States

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

...and two more last night

Soot's very big lambs, one ewe, one ram. (Kid closest to the fire, checking out the new babies) I don't understand why we're lambing late at night this year. We've always been lucky lambing during the day. There is a theory that feed time dictates birth time. I was responsible for evening chores until this winter and fed between 4-5PM. Mr Princess however, feeds 6PM or a bit later. I can't see how such a small time difference could make an AM/PM birthing change.

Winter was very late in coming. Sub zero wind chill temps aren't unusual around here, but for long periods of time with no above freezing temperatures is unusual. The winds have been heavy and the temperatures bitter. We've lost 6 lambs due to the wind chill. We're not alone. Many local farmers are losing lambs, calves and kids to the cold. Next breeding season we will take into consideration a later lambing/kidding schedule. So, next year we'll have a warm winter. Fine by me! No more hauling water.
McGregor is a tired dog. He can't get any rest with the three resident kids bothering him.


Blogger Charleen said...

Aw, McGregor does look tired! Maybe it's that flash in his eyes ;-)

12:37 PM  
Blogger teri springer said...

Ok, with mixed-sex twins do you have the same problem we had with the cows? Specifically, due to exposure to male hormones inuntero, the female twin (called a freemartin) would be sterile.


4:04 AM  

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