It has been a long winter. Pink eye, a goat with a UTI, and constant cold and wet have made animal management in our little neck of the woods the usual challenge. The sheep seemed to time the birth of every lamb with the onslaught of a Spring snowstorm.
We welcomed our last lamb of the Spring, this little brown ewe, early this past week. She's a gorgeous chocolate brown With Two Grey Hills markings. Our first time mothers tend to be a little "wild" and wary of having us around their babies. They stomp their feet to keep us away and jump to get around, or OVER, us so getting them and their lambs safely stowed after birthing can be a junior rodeo.
One of our neighbor's dogs killed another neighbor's rabbit and is constantly coming under our fence, so getting the lambs out of the pasture is essential for protection from one urban version of predators.
The shearer came this morning and sheared our entire flock. We are up in the teens now, so shearing ourselves was not an option. Our shearer is wonderful and it took him an hour to do an entire flock that would have taken us a whole day. The fleeces turned out beautifully, and I spent the rest of theday skirting and storing and photographing the fleeces we will sell. It's nice to be done with our major sheep management for this time of year before May for a change!
Calving our mini and mid Jersey calves starts within the next week! Our rescued Jerseys are expecting babies this Spring.
And I'm back to carding wool and making yarn and rugs, and throwing cups for an upcoming show.
What creative plans do you have for this Spring?