9 ewes left to lamb, just over half way. This weekend saw the birth of two single ewe lambs from "Hawthorns Katie" and "Hawthorns Layla" both sired by Lordyn. Nothing yet from the two AI ewes, but both imminent.
We have had a busy few weeks as the commercial flock have also been lambing. "Hawthorns Gillean" gave birth to a beautiful ewe lamb "Hawthorns Poppy", she is by "Bryn Caffo Lordyn". She is a very strong, stocky lamb with loads of potential. "Glynbryn Cerys" has also lambed and much to my delight has produced a big, single ram lamb, "Hawthorns Phineas". She was the only ewe in lamb to "Ruslin Zebedee" this year and as Zeb is in now in retirement Phineas will most probably be Zeb's last lamb. "Ruslin Zebedee" has been the foundation of our flock post Foot & Mouth and I am so pleased we have a really good ram lamb this year to carry on his line. We have many of his daughters in our flock but never kept a male so I have been extremely lucky. "Glenbryn Nerys" has also lambed, two ewe lambs by "Hawthorns Hayden", "Hawthorns Isla" and "Hawthorns Buffy" have both had a set of twin ram lambs, by Lordyn and Hayden respectively. My two ewes in lamb by AI are due in about 10 days which I am excited about as this was our first try at AI and has proved very successful.
Lovely set of twins born this morning, persil white with pale grey ears, perfect!
Out of Hawthorns Jasmine, by Hawthorns Hayden. 1 tup and 1 gimmer. Both doing well. The single ewe lamb born last week has been outside for the first time today to enjoy the sunlight.
No more lambs yet, which is probably a good thing as the weather has been awful, gale force winds and torrential rain, the poor lambs would be born with snorkels and flippers. Much better to stay where they are.
First Ryeland lanb of 2011 was born last night, a ewe lamb, she was a week overdue and has struggled to stand unaided until this afternoon. She is doing well now . She is by Hawthorns Jacob out of Reivesley Francesca. We have a break of about week until the next ewe is due.
Francesca due today but she doesn't look anything like being ready, another week at least. Hopefully she will produce another lovely, big ewe lamb like sister Gillean. Fingers crossed.
Happy New Year to everyone! The New Year has brought a little milder weather and we have taken the opportunity to have the show team sheared. The ewes are looking well considering the weather we have experienced. The first batch to lamb (mid to end January) are now home and getting used to coming in at nights, although it will be another 10 days before we need to check them through the night.
Ewes were scanned on Sunday, quite a lot of the early batch in January are having singles which I suppose is quite good as I should have some nice, big lambs to show next year. Last year we had more than our fair share of triplets, so this year evens it out. I hope the weather improves soon, we haven't had much snow but it is bitterly cold
Decided that I might as well make a start with my blog, all the ewes are now tupped and settled down nicely. My first experiment with AI seems to have worked also, although it was not quite what I expected!!! I am off to the NRG's AGM tomorrow, it will be nice to catch up and will probably be the last time I see everyone until the new show season starts.