Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Checking Off the List

Leil & Lana

Clancy and I gave CD&T shots to all the ewes last night.  And I also snipped off wool samples from every girl to send out for micron testing. 
Here's hoping the results come back very soon!

Having the girls on their backsides for a minute gave me a good look at which ones are bagging up.  None of them are due till April 16th or later.  But it looks like a couple will come in quite close to that date. 
In order of biggest bag to smallest, with ewe color and ram mate in parenthesis.
Courante = scurred black katmoget.   Ash = polled moorit.

Hannah  (moorit x Courante)
Leil  (gray x Ash)
January  (moorit kat x Courante)
Nhu  (black kat x Courante)
Sian  (black x Ash)
Vianne  (white x Ash)
Lana  (black gulmoget x Ash)
Lyneth  (white x Courante)

Unfortunately, Lyneth and Lana are not showing any signs of being bred yet.  Lyneth didn't take last year so I'm starting to doubt her ability to breed.  I am hoping my dear little gully girl took, though.  The ewes were with rams for an extra long time this season.  I suppose both girls could be bred and just not showing yet.  Please, please, pretty please!

Lyneth & Hannah

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pet Portraits

Chloe Cat... 14+ years old...still in charge of it all.

Megan...easily distracted.

Shachah...committed to napping.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Swan Return

The Trumpeter Swans have returned to Boston Lake.
They bring me hope.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Late March

I just finished working at my season job this week.  For the first time in months I took a good look at the flock.  There is a ton of work I better get done in the next two weeks!  Lambs are due on April 16th.  And at least one of the ewes looks like she'll barely be able to wait that long.

I did start feeding corn/oats this week.  Hopefully Clancy and I can get the CD&T shots done over the weekend.  We'll probably do hooves before we let them out to pasture.  And I have to call Byron, our shearer, to set up a date.  I hope I can schedule prior to lambing.  That always makes it easier to see what is going on with the girls.

S'more Courante, my 2 year old ram, is still for sale.  I just put new photos of him up on the Stock for Sale page.  Take a look if you are interested in polled genetics.

Here are some other photos I took yesterday:
Clennam & Tecwyn...rowdy idiots like most ram lambs are.

My beautiful Vianne.

A very pregnant Hannah, yearling Esyllt, and Lyneth up close.

Lana, distracted from the hay pile by two bald eagles skimming the tree tops.

My pretty Nhu. 
I hope she gives me ewe lambs this year that are every bit as nice as last year's ram lambs.