Tag Archive for lambs

The Care and Management of Hypothermic Lambs & Kid Goats

Clara Belle Hypothermic

Gosh it’s cold outside! I thought I’d shelve my internet hiatus to offer some potentially lifesaving advice to new and maybe not so new shepherds and goat keepers. Throughout much of North America, the record cold is interfering with the health and well-being of many early season neonatal lambs and goat kids. Lambs and goat…

Ram Selection & Performance Records

Sturdy Border Cheviot Ram Lamb

This little fellow is about 4 weeks old. He’s a pretty good example of what to look for in a very young ram lamb that may be held back as a breeding ram. For his age and breed he is large, possesses good sturdy bones, a strong flat top line, a well-formed head, good feet…

Newborn Border Cheviot Lamb

Newborn Border Cheviot Lamb

First lambs started arriving a few days ago. This little ewe lamb is out of a set of twins. Sadly her brother was born dead. When I came into the barn this lamb was curled up in a corner while her mother was desperately trying in vain to revive her dead twin. So very sad.…

A Supply List for Lambing & Kidding

Lambing Supplies

I’m expecting my first 2013 lambs anytime now. In fact there is probably a newborn lamb or two waiting for me in the barn this morning. The weather is about  to turn nasty and sheep always seem to wait for a change of weather or for the worst weather to lamb in. This lambing season…

Running With Mom

running with mom

Remember the runt? Well, he’s fine and keeping up with his mom. I kept him, his mom and sister in a lambing jug for almost a week instead of the usual 2 days. He’ll never be a champion in the show ring, but he’s growing well and is going to be just fine.

Runt

Runt Lamb

This little guy is a runt. He weighs less than 4 lbs. and is from a set twins that was born on Sunday. His sister is much bigger than he is and more lively. She weighs about 8 lbs. I’m concerned about both lambs. Neither lamb seems to be faring well. I don’t think they’re…

How To Dock A Lamb’s Tail

Group of Lambs

All lambs born on this farm get their tails docked. There are many different ways to accomplish tail docking and it varies by location, culture and tradition. Tail docking (shortening of the tail) is usually done in the United States to protect sheep against blowfly strike. Sometimes when young lambs or adult sheep are on…