What Are They Waiting For?

What Are They Waiting For?

What Are They Waiting For?

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.

Katherine Grossman

Katherine Grossman was born and raised in the greater Washington, D.C area. But for the last 30 years Mrs. Grossman has lived a life of deliberate self-reliance in rural western Pennsylvania. She loves to garden, knit mittens; makes a killer meatloaf and has been known to deliver triplet lambs with her eyes closed. 


  2 comments for “What Are They Waiting For?

  1. Cathy Geary
    March 7, 2013 at 7:36 am

    both amazing and slightly irritating the way they cluster around you when they are close to due date, as if to say “we are in this together”, but also irritating when you really need to see the OTHER end and can’t get them to turn away from you, Haha.

  2. March 7, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Your daily pictures are such a delight to the day! Thanks so much!

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