I bred four ewes last Fall splitting them between Bilbo my black ram and Frodo my white ram.
In early March lambing began with Chloe having a problem free delivery, giving birth to "Dirty Harry".
Rosie was was next with her second birth, delivering the twins "Bobbitt Bobby" the only black lamb this year, and "Fionnlagh at Tweedholm" called Finn for short.
Pia was our last ewe to give birth. The previous year she did not conceive, so we were a little anxious for her this year. Marva was in bed watching her in the barn on the CCTV early one Sunday morning and became concerned as Pia appeared to be in distress. She ran out to the barn and was soon calling for me. By the time I got there she was working on revving a new born lamb that was not breathing. The lamb had become stuck in the birth canal with one foreleg facing forward and out, while the other leg was facing backwards jamming everything up. Marva does not quit or give up on newborns and soon had the lamb out and eventually breathing on its own. If Marva had gotten to Pia any later the lamb probably would not have made it, so we named him "Furrycreek's Just in Time" or Justin for short.
Our biggest disappointment was with the breeding of Tilly our Australian Shepherd. It was unsuccessful, even though she went through a false pregnancy . I had been really looking forward to this litter, so I will be repeating the breeding in the fall.
I now feel that I have positive proof that "if it wasn't for bad luck I would have no luck at all".
My neighbour who is an organic farmer, also keeps bees and has promised me a nuc to get started. I have been able to acquire two hives mostly made up of used components that I have reconditioned. Note, my beekeepers protective gear is all brand new. I will keep you updated as to how this new endeavor goes.
I have hired an excavator contractor to remove the stumps, grade the land and general clean up of area in preparation of planting the new pasture. The rain has delayed this endeavour already more that two weeks but hopefully we have some dryer weather on the way.