It has been a strange lambing period this time: changeable weather (some of it very good indeed) but the lambs were slow to start and on the whole it was a very stop and start effort. Which is frustrating. This autumn we will probably sponge the ewes again, which will be an entire blog post in its own right. I must remember to take photos.
We have ended up with 33 lambs, (10 male and 13 female - so fewer half-hoggets for everyone to eat next autumn) and two non-lambing ewes. Everyone gets another chance on our holding.
Our first lamb was a huge single tup which we have named Arthur - now morphed into King Arthur on account of his relative size and presence. The name originally chosen to remind Paolo for ever of the bet he didn't place (and we are habitual Lucinda Russell-backers) on One for Arthur, the Grand National Winner born that same afternoon. He is still growing well, has been left entire and likes having his photo taken, especially when he can show that he is nearly as big as his mum already:
We now have a couple of patterned ewes and we put these to a fawn tup, who between them have produced some very pretty patterned lambs, included one who looks as if she has had her feet and tail dipped in hot chocolate. More photos to come.
We have decided to Heptavac the sheep from now on, which means injecting all the adults twice, and now the lambs twice too. They don't seem to mind it so much!