The second day on the farm was mostly doing chores and moving sheep. Here the sheep are moved a lot. When they first lamb in the are put in what we call the 'lobby', it is temporary lambing jugs just so there is a place to put them close by to the pens, there the mothers clean off their lambs and pass the placenta.
We try to move all the sheep in the lobby out to actual jugs by nightfall so any sheep that lamb during the night can hang out in there until morning. Once the lambs are old enough, the moms and lambs get put into another pen with other moms, then eventually they all go outside.
There is a system. In the lambing jugs, the lambs get their ear tags and 1-2mL of vitamin E and the moms get a hoof trim, and if they are a yearling, they also get their adult numbers! On rare occasions, a ewe will lamb and if she only has one and nobody is head-butting or otherwise picking on the lamb, mom and baby are left in the big pen with all the pregnant ones.
|and sometimes mom and baby are left alone.|
|Big friendly ram wanted to say Hi|
|This is Maria, named by Kristjan, Maria's 5 year old son, she was bottle-fed as a lamb and now is super friendly. She has a twin brother whose name is Kristjan, named by Kristjan. He is the same.|
P.S. I think Becca and I are writing posts at the same time (hehehehe)