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MikeM last won the day on February 8

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  1. My favorite time of lambing is when the lambs get old enough to feel some independence and they gang up and run just because they can run. I'll try to get some pictures 0f that in the next few days.
  2. We got over 5 1/2" since that is all our gauge holds and it was full. We didn't have as much of the bad storms as we were right on the edge of the front as it went through heading for Rabbitproof.
  3. She finally got them cleaned up. I closed the gate for a bit to keep the rest of the sheep out so I could get some feed into her. There is two ewe lambs and one ram lamb. You have look close at the picture but there is three lambs under her.
  4. Fred - we have so much rock here that even with this much rain, it drys out pretty fast. Maggie, we are running 2 females for every male but we have a ways to go before we are done. Since I posted the twins, we have had one single, 7 sets of twins and triplets about two hours ago. One of these pictures might be considered graphic by some but they are a cool sequence of events. I rarely have the camera available when the sheep have a bit of a story to tell. This ewe was one of our first and has zero fear of humans so she didn't mind when I sat down to watch her lambing progress. There was a problem with several lambs in the shelter that kept trying to nurse on her. She kicked at them several times and then she got really frustrated and started bawling at them. Finally she came up right in front of my face and bawled at me like she was saying "Get them out of here". I got them out and she lay back down and continued in her labor and had her first lamb a couple minutes into it. She made it clear that I was no longer welcome by getting between me and her lamb and stomping her feet so I took the hint and left. Our bedroom window faces the stall so in a little bit, I saw she had her twin and figuring she was through, I went down to give her some feed. She ate a bit but then lay back down and out popped a third. They can talk to you if you take the time to listen.
  5. It has been busy at our place but we started having lambs being born last week. So far there is 5 sets of twins and we still have 24 to give birth. We weren't sure what the breeding success would be sinceing pictures the temperature had been in the high 90's for quite awhile before we introduced the ram and stayed that way for most of the next month. I only saw our ram Max show interest a few times while I could see him so we were hoping breeding season wouldn't be a total bust. Most of them are obviously bred but a couple are questionable. I won't be add all of the pictures but I think lamb pictures always bring a smile on most people. The picture next to last is a ewe that I used to call Will Thang because she was untouchable in the field and she has been here for 3 years. Most of my sheep will come in to be petted but this girl wanted no part of that. For who knows whatever her thinking, I guess she got tired of watching me give the other ewes pieces of Animal Cracker and came up to check it out. The picture of her trying to get her snout in my pocket as she knows that's where the crackers come from.
  6. He said that last year and was way off. Hope he is correct this time.
  7. We live in Tennessee now but we grew Jersey Giant in Charleston, Sc with good results and it is as hot there as it gets. We transferred the huge crowns to our place in Tennessee and they are doing great. They are pretty forgiving.
  8. I know you are going to miss viewing that one.
  9. I feel for you folks with the storm damage. We were right at 70 degrees several days ago and the high today was 22 after a low of 15 and forecast the same for the next couple of days. That is quite a bit under the normal for us so I spent a lot of time today hauling warmer water to pour in troughs to melt the frozen water. The sheep don't seem to care that it is cold and it usually makes them more active. We have lambs coming as soon a 12 or 13 days from now so this kind of weather makes us appreciate how hardy the sheep are. Our guardian dogs are just as hardy. I put up some tarps as wind breaks in our big stall in the main field, put out hay for the dogs to lay in, and put out a heat lamp to give them some warmth if they want it. When I went out this morning to feed, the dogs were laying on a hill watching their sheep like it was a day on the beach.
  10. Welcome Country Toad. You live in some great fishing country and not that far south of us.
  11. The Instant Pot makes for some good, fast but tasty meals.
  12. I don't know how much rain we had last week since I didn't empty the rain gauge. It holds over 5 inches so we had at least that much, My pastures are saturated to the point that I try to pick times when they are sort of dry to take round bales out for feed.
  13. It is starting to look like most of the members of the original forum are making their way over to this site.
  14. MikeM

    Jan 1, 2020

    Happy New Year and great 2020 gardens!
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