Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lambing update - May 18th

We are getting close to the end of lambing 2011!

This morning, our horned ewe WillowGarden Chocolatini gave birth to a lovely fawn katmoget ram lamb. This is a repeat of our 2010 breeding which produced Riverglen Farm Frappucino. Frappucino is now the flock sire over at Windeyer Farm. This year's boy is just as lovely.

This evening, I came home to Riverglen Farm Willow and her two newborn ram lambs. Sire is Wedge. I *think* both boys are grey but it's sometimes hard to tell in the first few days. I may change my mind on their colour next week. Willow is a first time mother this year. She appears to be a very good mother, typical for a Shetland.

So our statistics so far are: 9 sets of twins, 6 singles for a total of 24 lambs out of 15 ewes. We have 6 Shetlands and one crossbred left to lamb down.

And just for Bill, here is the breakdown by sire:

V Creek Leo:
3 sets of twins - 3 ewes, 3 rams
*All of Leo's lambs are on the ground now

FirthofFifth Aman AI:
2 sets of twins, 3 singles - 2 ewes, 5 rams
*We have two ewes bred to Aman that have yet to lamb

WillowGarden Wedge:
2 sets of twins, 2 singles - 4 ewes, 2 rams
*Still 3 ewes bred to Wedge that have yet to lamb

Windblest Amadeus (our BFL ram):
2 sets of twins, 1 single - 3 ewes, 2 rams
*One ewe still to go for Amadeus

Pics of the new additions will follow *hopefully* in the next day or two. Until then...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lambing Update and some new pics - May 16th

We've had a number of ewes lamb in the past few days and the nursery is getting full! We are officially past the halfway point for lambing this year and I'm starting to look forward to the end of it.

Here are pics and details of the new arrivals. I am doing this by memory so may get some of the genders wrong. I'll double check the records this evening and post corrections, if applicable.

Let's start with pics of Tatiana and Easter's babies.

I was able to get a photo of Tatiana's ewe lamb but her ram lamb appears to be camera shy. We'll have to try again later this week. The twins are sired by our BFL ram, Amadeus.

Here is a photo of Easter's ewe lamb. She is by FirthofFifth Aman. She's got a bit of a funky lamb fleece and I'm reserving judgement for now. We'll see how her fleece develops over the next few weeks. I've had a few born like her in the past whom I didn't like as newborns but had fantastic fleeces once they were 2-3 months old.

And now for the new arrivals...

Late in the evening of May 12th, WillowGarden Joan Crawford lambed twins by V Creek Leo. One ewe, one ram, both are black gulmoget. Now if only I could remember which has the krunet... It's a good thing I wrote it down. LOL!

On Friday, May 13th, Dailley Dailley presented us with a lovely pair of twins by our BFL ram, Windblest Amadeus. The white one is a ram, the other a ewe.

On Saturday evening, May 14, WillowGarden Aretha Franklin presented us with two lovely babies by FirthofFith Aman. Both are moorit. One ewe lamb, one ram lamb. Don't ask me which is which in these photos. They are both solids and I can't tell them apart unless I look at the plumbing. :-)

And finally, this morning... (Sorry, no pics yet.)

Sheltering Pines Hope produced a nice set of twins by V Creek Leo. I forgot to check genders. Will have to do that tonight!

Ewenique Daphne produce a nice big healthy ewe lamb. She's black gulmoget and by WillowGarden Wedge.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lambing Update - May 12th

The lambs continue to arrive safe and sound and at a rate of one ewe per day. I wonder if this is going to continue... :)

On Tuesday, Ewenique Tatiana delivered a nice pair of BFL cross lambs. One ewe, one ram. Both appear to be grey. The ewe lamb was getting a bit of a slow start but after some colostrum supplement courtesy of DH (Dear Hubby), she is doing just fine. She is much smaller than her sibling so we'll be leaving them in the lambing jug for an extra few days to be certain that she is getting enough to eat and is thriving.

Last evening, Fibreworks Easter delivered a HUGE single ewe lamb by FirthofFifth Aman. I purchased Easter from Vicky Foster last Fall and this girl has already earned a special place in my heart. She is the sweetest, friendliest ewe I've ever met. Easter is shaela in colour. Her ewe lamb appears to be black but I'm reserving judgement on that for a few days.

Pics of the new arrivals will be posted soon.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lambing has started and so has the sales list

Last Thursday, our first lambs were born. I had expected lambs about a week earlier but apparently, the girls decided that the cold, rainy days were not suitable for newborn babies. Thank you girls! I certainly appreciate your thoughtfulness!

The girls are lambing at a leisurely rate of one ewe per day at the moment and they are being very civilized in their lambing times; no middle of the day or night arrivals so far. Fingers crossed that they continue this way.

Here are the new arrivals so far:

Thursday, May 5th: Ewenique Eve (bred to V Creek Leo)

- Dark brown (moorit?) or black gulmoget ewe lamb with a small krunet. I'm having a hard time identifying her colour right now. I'll have to give it a couple of weeks to get a better idea.
- Dark brown or black gulmoget ram lamb with a small krunet - nice tight soft fleece. Very nice lamb. I will be retaining Eve's daughter and so Eve is now for sale. She can be purchased with her baby boy as a package deal. *hint hint* :-)

Friday, May 6th: Valley Road Sarah (bred to Willow Garden Wedge)
Twin ewe lambs, one black, one moorit gulmoget. Lovely little girls. One will stay for sure, the other may be for sale. Sarah is getting older and didn't keep her weight as well as I would've liked over the winter. I'm very happy that she's given me daughters this year as this is likely to be her last lambs.

Saturday, May 7th: Riverglen Farm Bryn (bred to FirthofFifth Aman)

Twin black ram lambs. Bryn is a first time mom and just like her mother, Hebe, she is doing a fantastic job with her babies. I am not retaining any ram lambs this year so if either of these are of interest to you, let me know.

Sunday, May 8th: Ewenique Bella (bred to Willow Garden Wedge)

A lovely moorit krunet sokket ewe lamb with the nicest fleece. She's a keeper for sure!

Monday, May 9th: Willow Garden Cilantro (bred to Windblest Amadeus)

Our first Shetland x BFL mule ewe lamb was born yesterday. I had to double check my breeding records to see who I'd bred Cilantro to as I couldn't believe my eyes. Baby is a grey katmoget. DH is thinking that he'd like to keep this little girl.

More pics to follow as more babies are born.

As my friend and fellow shepherd would say, Life is good! :-)