Awhile back I posted about our bottle lambs. We had five for a little while, but over the last few weeks we lost two of them. You can battle death hand to hand on a farm, but you don’t always win. The ewe lamb went a girl who wants to eventually show sheep in 4-H. The two boys went to a farm that usually does farm tours for local schools. They should get a lot of love there, but it was hard to say goodbye to them yesterday. My grandmother points out that we still have 4 ewes to go, so we might have some bottle lambs yet, especially because it’s supposed to drop below freezing tomorrow night. Last year we kept our one bottle lamb well into the summer. Bobbolink got to the point where he would bite through any nipple we gave him, so I had to teach him to drink out of a bucket. It’s harder than it sounds. Lambs have the instinct that they have to but their mother to get her to let down milk. It makes for some interesting feedings.
We also had our first calf born on Saturday. We have Herefords and they look adorable as baby calves. It was touch and go for a little bit, but she had it on her own and it’s been up and running around.
UPDATED April 7 2018: I added the date to the title of the post, added my current signature block, and the photo.
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