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Spring means new lambs..

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  • Spring means new lambs..

    Even though my sheep arent "seasonal" breeders (meaning they lamb in the fall too)..we have "late winter, early spring" lambs on the ground, with one more ewe to lamb soon.

    Pictures of the new arrivals.

    "Cupcake" and her January Ram Lamb
    http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...22-cupcake.JPG

    "Dottie" and new twin ram lambs
    http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...974-sheep5.JPG

    http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...ottielamb3.JPG

    http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...ottielamb1.JPG

    the ellusive "Pinkie lamb" middle of the flock, with the white "socks"..he was born a very unique shade of "rose"..very strange color..
    http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...3-sheepies.JPG

    and "Cinderella", last ewe to lamb.
    http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...cinderella.JPG

    the earliest lamb already went to his new home, he will be used as a commercial ram.

    These guys are such a great addition to our place and are gaining in popularity locally.
    Last edited by spinandslide; Feb. 28, 2012, 04:16 PM.

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    So sweet!!

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      #3
      This is our first year with our own ewes lambing..its exciting to see our program come together.

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      • #4
        Only 2 of the links worked for me and I SO want to see "the pinkie lamb".
        "Absent a correct diagnosis, medicine is poison, surgery is trauma and alternative therapy is witchcraft" A. Kent Allen
        http://www.etsy.com/shop/tailsofglory

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          #5
          I fixed it..need to get a better picture of pinkie lamb..hes alittle camera shy, but such a strange color being from two white dorpers!

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          • #6
            YAY! They work now! ALL of your ovines are lovely! I received my B.S. in Animal Science from VA Tech in 1995 and "sheep" was a dirty word in most of my classes. "Pasture maggots" was the accepted terminology, except in Sheep Production, of course. It's a shame that sheep are the red-headed step children of livestock. They sure are cute as babies! Thank you for sharing, Spinandslide!
            "Absent a correct diagnosis, medicine is poison, surgery is trauma and alternative therapy is witchcraft" A. Kent Allen
            http://www.etsy.com/shop/tailsofglory

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              #7
              oh yes, "ranch maggots" is a common phrase down here from the cattlemen..funny thing is, we've got cattle too..but I sure like my sheep in terms of handling..and feed..

              and they are just great creatures to have around..I enjoy them so much..just for giggles, here are my purebred girls, born in November.
              http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...4325-girls.JPG

              http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...892-bonnie.JPG

              they'll get bred in the fall..

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              • #8
                So cute! Mine aren't due for another month but I'm expecting some colorful lambs. I haven't bred for a few years because it's such a pain to market them. No auctions around here (all have closed in the past 10 years). The nearest ones are cattle only. Selling on CL hasn't been much better. I'll haul these 120+ miles to be sold this fall if I don't keep any. Mine are dorper/St Croix crosses, with one that is a texel cross. I'm trying to get rid of my wools because shearing is to hard to find someone to do. I hope I have some around easter for some cute pics with the kiddies.

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                  #9
                  shearing sure is expensive..and Im told wool isnt bringing a whole bunch of money either..

                  All our big sheep auctions are about 4 hours south of us..but Ive had luck marketing privately to local people..the few animals Ive sold recently..we'll see if the trend continues..Cupcake's lamb and pinkie lamb I think would make nice market lambs in the hair class..so may try to market them towards some of the 4-h kids.

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                  • #10
                    I'm in Tx too (near Austin). Fredericksberg is the closest auction for me. 4-H kids have pretty much switched to goats around here. The few who show lambs are wanting the big (dumb) suffolk, hamp types. I use mine mostly for training my herding dogs.
                    My last experience selling on CL wasn't good. They convinced me to let them process them on my place and I'll NEVER do that again.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by spinandslide View Post
                      oh yes, "ranch maggots" is a common phrase down here from the cattlemen..funny thing is, we've got cattle too..but I sure like my sheep in terms of handling..and feed..

                      and they are just great creatures to have around..I enjoy them so much..just for giggles, here are my purebred girls, born in November.
                      http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...4325-girls.JPG

                      http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...892-bonnie.JPG

                      they'll get bred in the fall..

                      Oh, they're beautiful! Lovely toplines and cute, to boot!
                      "Absent a correct diagnosis, medicine is poison, surgery is trauma and alternative therapy is witchcraft" A. Kent Allen
                      http://www.etsy.com/shop/tailsofglory

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                      • #12
                        Labs are absolutely some of the cutest when little.
                        They seem to always be smiling.

                        I can't believe anyone in TX has any blade of green, we sure don't.
                        Right now, the wind is blowing 50+ and we have a dust storm in progress.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bluey View Post
                          Labs are absolutely some of the cutest when little.
                          They seem to always be smiling.

                          I can't believe anyone in TX has any blade of green, we sure don't.
                          Right now, the wind is blowing 50+ and we have a dust storm in progress.
                          Down here near Austin we are quite green. We've had a lot of rain and the rye grass and clover is everywhere.

                          I just took this photo of some pigs (BOO!) down in my horse pasture.
                          http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...93892842_n.jpg

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hastyreply View Post
                            Down here near Austin we are quite green. We've had a lot of rain and the rye grass and clover is everywhere.

                            I just took this photo of some pigs (BOO!) down in my horse pasture.
                            http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...93892842_n.jpg
                            That is even prettier green than the lamb picture.
                            You can't believe the dust storm we are under right now, pitiful.

                            I think that I saw a feral hog group going East with backpacks, maybe leaving for good.

                            There was one sheep lady here for many years, but she had to put them in the barn at night to keep them alive.
                            Seems that our coyotes and other assorted wildlife love lambchops.

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                              #15
                              Hasty,
                              Hamilton is closest to me..
                              sheep arent super popular up here with the kids..but they are still used alot..and the hair classes are growing..both breeding and market..we'll see. my son showed his ewe in january, she drew alot of interest from folks, she definantly has more personality, IMO, then the woolies that were there!

                              Ideally, Id like to do, if someone needed the lamb processed, drop the lamb at the processor and have the persn pick it up..Ive heard to many horror stories of allowing folks to process their animals on site!

                              wild rye is coming up, that is what the purebred girls are on. seeded my main sheep pasture in rye..I see green..I hope it keeps up.

                              Had the final lamb of the "spring" born tonight..looks like a black headed ram lamb..my LGD puppy is enthralled with him.

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                              • #16
                                OMFG!!! I love sheep!! They are super cute and good luck with the lambs!
                                I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.

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                                • #17
                                  I'm in Texas too - near Brenham. I swear that I have seen one sheep in the entire 15 years I've been here, and that was on the side of the main road last week.

                                  They look wonderful!! I was brought up in Scotland where sheep are probably the most common livestock and wander pretty much free in many places. It used to be great in the spring to drive along a road and then have to wait until the ewe got herself up off the road, with her lambs, and moved off.

                                  Bluey - everyone (apart from us) around here now has deep, lush green grass. The tanks are full again. Shame most of the trees won't make it back though.

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                                    #18
                                    Kate, how wonderful you were raised in Scotland...my mother's family comes from there..she jokes that is why I have sheep and border collies..

                                    I will have to get some new pictures of the black lambs and the new little guy soon..the black lambs are turning out REALLY nice.

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                                    • #19
                                      I have two Barbados Blackbelly ewes and a cross-bred ewe -- just for fun
                                      Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

                                      The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”

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                                      • #20
                                        the lambs are cute!! you need to learn to hand spin!!!

                                        I am a handspinner and I would love the black & white baby fleece if it gets any length.

                                        they are cute and seem free of veggie matter.

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