Monday, May 14, 2007

The last lamb of the year

Well unfortunately we have come without a bang to the ending of lambing. Our last one died. Luckily our ewe did not die with it. She is a great ewe and her lamb was breech plus had it's head turned back. So once we got out the legs---stuck again. We had a bit of trouble because my fingers are short---and the vet and my husband both had very large hands. Which cause a bit of problem in getting to a quick efficient solution.
To bad it was a nice little moorit ewe lamb. Exactly what I was hoping for. Secret luckily looks good---and the vet said it doesn't seem as if there is any damage. So we will hope for success with her next year. She is such a sweet sheep---very personable. She was so good through the whole thing and I know it was somewhat painful. So on to the milking stand she will go. At least there are always "lights at the end of tunnels". How about "making lemonade from life's lemons"? And of course we will "Keep on keeping on".

So hopefully you won't be seeing lamb and sheep posts as much from me. At least for a while. We will be purchasing a new ewe and a ram from a couple of other farms so trips and travels will ensue in the line of "sheep business" with plenty of pictures to come since we will go up into Michigan and possibly Canada for some fun during our trip(s) to get them.

Hope all of you have a great day

SmallMeadow Farm--registered Icelandic sheep


Cheryl said...

I'm sorry you had a sad end to your lambing season. I'm glad mama's okay, though.

Jamie said...

What Cheryl said. Bravo for seeing the up side.

farmer, vet and feeder of all animals said...

Thanks Cheryl and Jamie---it was quite the ordeal. I am very thankful I didn't lose one of my best ewes. Such a sweetie she is. :-)

rcarlson said...

Sorry about your little lambie! Keep up the great sheep updates. I enjoy reading about them and also the interesting research you do!
Terri Carlson

farmer, vet and feeder of all animals said...

Thanks Terri!

Willa said...

Too bad about the little lambie- I love the little moorits. Today on my way home from work I drove past the nearby sheep farm, and was surprised to see that many had been sheared. They always look so sweet with the shearing furrows still in the wool that's left- like they are wearing striped pajamas. They have a good mix up there of white and colors- wish I knew the people, at least as I drive by it looks like good wool!


farmer, vet and feeder of all animals said...

Striped pajamas Willa! That is so funny---but true :-) I just never thought of describing it that way! LOL