These ewes are 10 days past the due date for this year’s lambs.
I can’t remember when I’ve ever had ewes take so long to lamb.
My best guess is that they were bred late due to a temporary sterility in the service ram. Last summer was extremely hot and it is not uncommon for rams to experience a short period of sterility after a heat wave or a hot summer.
The other possibility is that the ram was so excited when he was turned in with the ewes that he didn’t manage to penetrate them properly.
I’m suspicious it was the weather and not his performance.
Or maybe it’s neither.
Might be that they found out that they’re going to be sold as soon as their lambs are big enough to be safely moved.