This is my first time posting as I just arrived in Iceland today. So far today has been rather uneventful, lambing is not supposed to pick up for another week and to tell the truth, I slept through most of this morning.
|The plane was named after a volcano and this was adhered to the outside of the plane so you saw it as you boarded.|
We got to the farm at 9:30am and I got settled in my room by taking a quick nap, what was supposed to be an hour turned into four. When I finally woke up it was close to 2 so I decided to get dressed in some barn clothes and make my way down to the 'sheep stables', there Maria showed me around and pointed out the different organizational pattern for her sheep. They were separated depending on how many babies they are expected to have, so twins, singles, and triplets or more. There is also a separate pen for the yearlings because they are more likely to have trouble having their babies. Then we spent the day tagging all the newer lambs.
|Maria calls this ewe Crazy, so I told her about our Crazy's Girl at UMaine and she really liked that name so the little ewe Maria is tagging in the picture is now Crazy Girl 2.0|
Maria has this yellow book that is specifically for lambing season. It lists all the ewes that are pregnant with their names (if they have one) and their ear tag number. It also lists descriptive traits in code form so if a ewe has a 10 in that column, that means she is white. There are about 20 different descriptive codes, like brown, or white with black, or black with white, or one horned, two horned, etc. It gets very specific. Then in the ewe's row, there are also columns for birth date, how many, sex of the lambs, descriptive code, and lamb identification number. Each lamb gets their own lamb number and thats just numerically how many lambs have been born (in multiple births the ram is tagged before the ewe if they are twins), then once they are a yearling, having a baby for the first time, they get an adult number, which is more specific, like the year they were born and the number lamb they were that year and those are registered in the yellow book.
Nothing else really happened today, its been pretty calm but thats because the storm comes next week.
|This is just a really cute grey ewe lamb that I was holding right before Maria tagged her.|