We have the first lambs! This morning, at the nice civilised hour of 8am, black twins arrived - with a quick easy birth and no need for any intervention. Very different from alpacas. If it had been a cria arriving all the alpacas would be up round having a look - not with these sheep. She went off to the bottom and into the field shelter to give birth and only Two Tone took any notice of the lambs - and that was after about an hour. They are very little and get hidden by the long grass so none of the alpacas noticed them at all until lunch time when there was suddenly a great deal of screeching from Zara who had finally noticed them two paddocks away! Sam was at work so I rang him and he and the shepherd popped up to take a look. Sam then went back to work where he helped a ewe deliver twins which were wrongly presented - he is getting the practise in!
So - here they are, the first lambs, two little solid black girls! (Not sure that in the world of sheep - solid black means so much as it might if they were alpacas!)
A better penning solution! - After a long "family illness" and a subsequent reduction of our herd, I am back to report a more recent enhancement to Easter-Wood. One of the problems we ...
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