Animal Update April 2007

A lamb and Ewe eating hay in our barn
Sheep in Our Barn

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.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Beyond Rubies

Last week Kirkwood Community College presented Beyond Rubies. It’s a woman’s conference that’s been going for years. The name comes from the Bible verse about a virtuous woman being valued beyond rubies.

I did 3 sessions this year. One was on Laura and I did two more for the first time. My new presentations were on Introduction to Oral History and Introduction to Genealogy. They went really well and I think people really enjoyed it.

Sarah S. Uthoff

Lambs in the night

2 sheep in the barn
Suffolk Sheep in the Barn

Sheep LOVE bad weather to lamb in. I don’t know what it is, but a good storm is all that’s needed and you’ll be sure to get at least one. Here’s something I bet you don’t know. Sheep only have two teets. Sometimes they have triplets or more, but then they just have to share. Sometimes the odd triplet out fights back in and does fine. Sometimes it does fine, IF you supplement it with some bottle feedings. Sometimes the odd triplet out dies immediately. Sometimes the mother just out right rejects it or lets it get too cold and then you have to rescue the lamb. It becomes a bottle lamb and has to be feed at least every 3 hours.

Our first set of triplets this year picked the night of a big ice storm. We saved two of them. The next set of triplets didn’t even have the bad weather excuse, but we got the odd lamb. Last night, it had been in the 70s during the day and the temperature had dropped like a stone and the wind came up. This signaled two sheep it was time to lamb. One of them decided to try to push two lambs out at once (one facing each way) and we had to call the vet, Chance, who was at our house by 11:30pm. The long and short of it was two more rescued lambs. The inside of their mouths were freezing cold. From 10pm when the first one came in until they were finally warmed up enough for the night at 12:30am, it was towel rubbing, hair dryer blowing, bottle feeding, and all the rest. In Australia and maybe on the big ranches out west ,they throw them to the wind and who lives lives, but around here you fight for every lamb. They both made it, I’m glad to say, but this makes 5 bottle lambs for at least a week. I don’t know how we’ll cope every 3 hours.

UPDATED March 3 2018: I added the photo.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

New System: Introducing the Book Video

This came across one of my library listservs and it’s too funny not to share. The original is in Norwegian, so you don’t need the sound. The English closed captioning is on the top and the Norwegian closed captioning is on the bottom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRjVeRbhtRU

Sarah

Sorry the owner pulled this video.

First Post

Welcome to My First Post. I must say that I’m inspired by the wonderful blog (The Editor’s Notebook) that Sandra Oliver keeps on http://www.foodhistorynews.com and borrowed the idea of my name from her. I hope to use this for updating information and new discoveries. I’m going to aim for updating once a week, but I have several pieces of news saved up and it will probably be a few more than that at first.

Sarah S. Uthoff