I’d need alot more land and alot more money for all those horses..
Sometimes wishes are just wishes. I wished the first lambs would hold off until after last week’s sleet, rain, and freezing temperatures. I didn’t get any horses, but we started lambing on a beautiful day.
Most years I see the the rams breed and have a pretty good idea of when the ewes are due. I have inked rams some years, but my rams seem to continue to mount a cycle or two after conception. Or I forget to change the colors. Last fall I didn’t see many breed and I didn’t ink. This year I’m guessing for most. Lambs could have started anytime in the last 10 days. Polite Patchwork Harper picked yesterday – the nicest day this year – sunshine and 65 degrees.
Some years I do naming themes and some years I wing it. Yesterday was so warm and sunny that it was the first day of the year when we decided to sit outside in the sunshine and drink a beer at the end of our workday. Ahh.. springtime! Harper decided that was also a good time to deliver her Unzicker Abbott lambs ….
Welcome Patchwork Pilsner – 4 horn ram
And Patchwork Porter – 4 horned ram
Porter is missing eye patches on both sides and he has less color on the side not pictured. He’s a little bitty boy – half the size of his twin.
He’s vigorous and bouncy and
His momma loves him…
I wish for many things when thinking about each year’s lamb crop. Perfect horns, markings, fleece, a ram from one cross, a ewe from another cross.
It all starts with healthy lambs and easy births and I get my wish every time a newborn lamb jumps up ready to face the world .
Harper as a lamb with her dam, Broken O Melodie