Wednesday, May 4, 2011
MaryBay with another pair of twins!
MaryBay is one of our oldest ewes, being born in 2003. She's always been a wonderfully devoted mother, and this year is no exception.
This year MaryBay had a ewe and a ram lamb, practically identical to each other. Both black (seems to be a trend this year) with a scattering of white hairs on the tops of their heads. It always amazes me that within minutes of being born, lambs are trying to stand. Once they've got their legs under them, they head straight their mother and try nursing. Most of our lambs are bouncing and raring to go 24 hours after entering the world.
It's always a joy to open the barn door and let the new family out into the warm sunshine. Mom is always appreciative of fresh grass, and the lambs stick pretty close for the first 3-4 days. Often you'll see the lambs dozing in the pasture with Mom grazing not too far off.
So this ends the lambing season for me, but definitely not the fun! Now I can relax a little, not having to constantly check on expectant ewes or newborn lambs. I can let the mothers take over. Within the coming weeks, all the lambs will flock together, enjoying each other's company, and reek havoc on their poor mothers who are trying to keep track of them. This truely is the best time of year on the farm!