Sheep and New Lambs

Mark Gordon BrownStarred Page By Mark Gordon Brown, 23rd Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1p2uj61k/
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I keep pet sheep as lawn mowers for pasture control. In the winter they need extra feed, to help pay for this we breed them, and sell the lambs (hopefully they go as pets too). I would like to introduce you to our 2011 lambs. You may note some are rare breeds.

December 31, Blackie had Triplets

The first ewe to give birth was Blackie sheep, she is a bit of a pest, being a bottle baby when born two years ago - she is overly friendly to people

My wife does the morning chores, she found Blackie in the morning (in the barn) with two live lambs.. a bit of a story there, which you can read by clicking Blackie's name.. but anyhow there was also a dead one, Blackie had not cleaned its nose so it never was able to breathe. My wife, of course, is sad and wishes perhaps she had gotten out side sooner, although it is really too hard to say...

One brown ram lamb, one white ewe lamb!

January 7, Dark Brown Barbado had Triplets!

Dark Brown is a hair sheep, she has hair much like you would find on a German Shepherd dog, it sheds too!

Her breed is a Barbado, although in some areas this breed is known as an American Blackbelly. I really like the hair sheep - they are easy to work with, smaller than most wool sheep, don't need shearing, and don't need their tails docked.

She had triplets outside just before my wife and I were brining the sheep in for the evening. You can read more by clicking her name (yes her name is not very original).

Of note the two brown ones are much smaller and one has needed some bottle feeding.

One white ram lamb, two brown ewe lambs =5 lambs

January 8, Mrs White Katahdin had Twins

Another hair sheep, Mrs White Katahdin had her lambs the following morning. She is a terrific mother. No fantastic story with them, the twins and their mom were found in the morning, just as they should be. Their story is also on the page with Mrs Dark Browns.

Katahdin is the name of the breed, she isn't really "white" but her color does change slightly as she gets a thicker coat in the winter, and sheds in the summer.

One ram lamb, one ewe lamb = 7 lambs

January 15, Patsy had Twins

Patsy is a very unique breed of sheep too, she has five horns - four are easy to see. She is part Jacob sheep, this is where she gets her extra horns from, as well as her unusual markings (she is spotted but it is hard to see under the wool). You may note she appears to be shedding or something, that is because she is also part hair sheep, having a Barbado father.

Patsy is a terrific mom, in the past she has had ram lambs with huge horns, and this caused her some problems with nursing, it does not appear as though these two will have that problem. Again, click her name to read her lambing story.

Two ram lambs = 9 lambs

Janurary 16, Diamond had Twins

In the past Diamond has always had triplets, but this year she just had two. She is a big wool sheep and was huge prior to her giving birth. Her udder is like a milk cow, she is a great mom.

When her lambs were born, they were already as big as Blackies lambs who had been born two weeks earlier. We had expected triplets due to her size, but I guess she was just having big twins.

One ram lamb, one ewe lamb = 11 lambs

January 17, Favorite had Twins

Favorite sheep was named by my step daughter. We originally said not to name any sheep, which is why their names are not typical names (other than Patsy), but we needed some way to reference which sheep we were talking about. As such Favorite got that name because she was my step daughters "favorite" sheep. She was the friendliest.

Unfortunately at one time she suffered a stroke, and cannot feel half her face, she is Blackie sheeps mother - this being the reason Blackie was a bottle baby - Favorite was not doing well that year, but since has been great!

Favorites lambs had a difficult start being born on the coldest night of the year, in the draftiest part of the barn. You can read their story by clicking Favorite sheep's name above. My wife was very worried about the one lamb, who is fine now.

One ram lamb, one ewe lamb = 13 lambs

January 23, Mrs Brown Katahdin has a Single Lamb

Mrs Brown Katahdin is Mrs White Katahdins sister. She was found in the morning (did I mention we keep the sheep in the barn for the night?) with one lamb. The lamb is big and playful, strong because mom only had one.

Mrs Brown Katahdin is the most protective ewe, guarding her lamb and stomping her foot if you dare come too close. Her mom did the same thing, but her sister is more trusting.

One ewe lamb = 14 lambs

Other Information

We have two more ewes but it will be some time before they lamb.

A female sheep is pregnant for 5 months, they can be breed at 5 months of age, but it is better to wait until they are at least 7 months of age.

Lambs should stay with their mothers for 3 - 5 months.

Winter is a horrible time for sheep to have lambs because of all the extra work on the keeper - especially in colder climates! Most people keep the ram elsewhere so lambing happens in the spring.

Bottle feeding lambs is a lot of work, and expensive, most farmers try to get rid of bottle lambs quick because of the cost and time involved.

Links

Jacob Sheep

Barbado Sheep

The Advantages of Hair Sheep

Sheep Blog

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Baby, Barbado, Barn, Care, Cute, Exotic, Hair Sheep, Jacob, Katahdin, Lamb, Lambing, Lambs, Livestock, New, Pets, Rare, Sheep, Wool

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
Raised in Michigan, I have a son who recently joined the Military. I am living in Canada with my wife where we have a hobby farm.

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author avatar christopheranton
24th Jan 2011 (#)

Lovely families of Sheep.
I hope they all have a happy and fulfilling life.

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author avatar Denise O
24th Jan 2011 (#)

I was answering my comments from the other day, after a day of much needed rest and I saw your page come up. You know I had to come and look. Mark they are just gorgeous. I bet y'all are darn busy right now but, how much fun is this. 14 lambs, whew! Great article my friend, I really enjoyed it and the pictures are fantastic.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar marian
24th Jan 2011 (#)

. . .wow. . .so cute. . .

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Jan 2011 (#)

Superbly written and illustrated as usual. Really beautiful animals and pictures of them.

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author avatar Greenfaol
24th Jan 2011 (#)

Great article, as always. My family used to keep Jacob sheep as well. They're just lovely animals. Am adding Baa Ram Ewe Sheep to my blogs :D

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author avatar James R. Coffey
25th Jan 2011 (#)

Great insight into something I don't usually get to appreciate.

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author avatar Angelique Newman
26th Jan 2011 (#)

Absolutely adorable! I love sheep and always wanted some but never did. We had horses, goats, cows, chickens and ducks but we never had the pleasure of having sheep.
Great article and beautiful pictures :)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
28th Jan 2011 (#)

The sheep, cows, pigs and chickens we had but it's the horses I wish I had.

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author avatar Retired
27th Jan 2011 (#)

What a really great article.

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author avatar bronnamdi
27th Jan 2011 (#)

Wonderful article. I just love how you interspersed the writing with pictures. They say a picture says a thousand words or something like that. I believe in this saying with this article.

Keep writing more. I shall keep reading.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
28th Jan 2011 (#)

Hello Mark, congratulations on your new additions. I was a stock farmer for a very short spell in K.Z.N. South Africa and know how wonderful all the babies are in early spring, Thanks for briefly taking me back to better memories of my past.

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author avatar poetic2984
12th Aug 2011 (#)

My condolences on your recent loss.
Thanks for your wonderful share

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author avatar poetic2984
12th Aug 2011 (#)

My condolences on your recent loss.
Thanks for your wonderful share

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