Lambing has officially started here on the little farm. Lark presented me with this large strapping ram lamb around 9:30 a.m. Both mom and son seem to be doing great. He is a terribly cute little grey flecket who resembles his sire, Jeffery when he was a young'un.
I did end up helping out a bit, as Lark wasn't making much progress on her own. I'm fully confident she would have had him by herself if I wasn't here, as he was presented normally, just very large. He has a very broad head and large horn buds. A few strategic pulls while she contracted and he came out fine. Lark is being a great and attentive mom. Her lamb,Eve, from last year is very confused. She hears her momma calling her, and she answers, but her momma isn't paying any attention to her!
After the fellow was out there followed the usual struggle to find the milk bar, with all the wool giving false hope to the little fellow. Finally all was well, with him catching on and getting his tummy full. I thought she was going to have a second lamb, and kept hanging around, but eventually I headed to the house to give her 'some space'. She ended up passing the afterbirth about an hour after lambing.
I know some of these details aren't spellbinding, but they help me out to have them recorded from year to year. :-)
The next 'probably' is on the 25th, so there is a pretty big gap in there between lambs. However I do have Willow who is a question mark. In the past Willow has always bred later and lambed later, so I'll be surprised if she goes soon. Hopefully shearing will go as scheduled Saturday so that the rest of the lambs will have an easier time not having to deal with all that wool jungle.
Have a great week.