#LAMBMETRICS for the day
Drysdale & English Leicester Flocks
Born today: 9
Total Lambs Born: 20
Drysdale lambs (live total): [no purebreds in 2019]
DrysdaleX lambs (total): 14
English Leicester lambs (live total): 6
Total Sets of Twins born: 5
Total Sets of Triplets born: 0
Total ewe lambs: 10
Total ram lambs: 10
Ewes lambed /68: 15 (22 %)
Lamb % : 133 % [live]
Notable Midwifery tales:
Well. It was on for young and old today! Finally got the “rush” of lambs that has been threatened for weeks. Seven ewes resulting in nine lambs.
First up in the morning we found that Paris and Minty (full sisters of Gilbert) had both lambed. Nawwww.
Two English Leicester ewes had also lambed a single lamb each. One ended up in the shed immediately as her teats were a bit blocked and her lamb needed assistance to get a drink of the all-vital colostrum.
The other young ewe had her first lamb and he’s a sturdy lad.
There was a another DrysdaleX ewe who has lost a few demerit points today after not being “easy going”. Protective is one thing – trying to kneecap the Shepherdess is another!!
Later in the afternoon it was noticed that the “wide-load” English Leicester ewe looked like finally getting the show on the road. Another young ewe also looked likely. The old ewe lambed first and the young ewe wanted it. Said lamb was used to get both ewes into the shed. Eyebrows were raised that old wide-load ewe only had one but the second came along nearly an hour later. He was looking a bit stressed but he’s coming good.
The young ewe however was…. tight. Very tight. Lamb in the right position but just a little bit squeezy. Twenty minutes later a strapping lass was relieved from her uncomfortable situation. Mother and daughter (and Shepherdess!) took a few deep breaths!
Lamb is now drinking well. 🙂 🙂
After all that excitement for the day it’s about time to go to sleep ….
Wonder what tomorrow will bring?