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Old 02-12-2010, 04:35 AM
 
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Alright we all know everyone likes pictures of baby lambs, so here is the first for the the year from my farm. A 10 pound, Hampshire/Montadale ram lamb named Number 312. That is evidenced by his speckled face nose having neither a black face of the Hampshire, or a white face of the Montadale, but rather both!

I almost missed his twin sister in the dark if she had not bleated. It was 2 AM when I did my lamb check and caught both just in time as it was about 10 degrees out and high wind. The wife and I got them dried off and then back to their mother and both are doing okay, though I suspect the 7 pound ewe-lamb won't make it. She seems weak.

I was hoping the lambs would wait another 48 hours as we head off to Ireland today, but like everything on a farm, nothing waits for the ideal time. Either way those lads are the real shepards. Ireland and Maine is the same size square mile wise, but while Maine has approximately 10,000 sheep, Ireland has 8 million and they have been doing it far longer. They know sheep and since we are staying at what amounts to a farm with a guest house, I am in hopes to learn a lot about sheep farm and maybe get some rams, embryos or sheep sperm once I obtain my 7 Year Scrapie Certification. (I was Scrapie Certified once but lost it when I bought a flock of non-certified sheep).

Either way, won't be on here for awhile. Sheep farming calls, it just happens to be on another continent today! (LOL)
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:05 AM
 
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My uncle and my ex FIL (both dairy farmers) used to say a farm is like the tide, waits for no one. Hope you have a good, productive trip, Tap. I had to look up Scrapie Certification. One farm at the bottom of the list of certified farms was called W. C. Fields. Good sens of humor there.
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Adorable! Have a great trip!
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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Have a safe, productive trip B-T. Too bad I am not closer, yet, as could bottle feed the little ewe with some of my stored, frozen goat milk. She would probably make it. Happy travels to the great Eire...
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Old 02-12-2010, 09:39 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Default Been a while

A friend down here has sheep in her blood and often goes on sheep trips around the world. Seems you might be her kindred spirit.

Helped her trim sheep feet. She used to have a website, Freedom farm in Frenchtown and still sellls all manner of sheep products and even has high end teddy bears with movable parts..

Had visitors from sheep farms she visited in Austrailia and elsewhere come to stay at her place. would on occassion take her wool up to Maine but not sure where she went.

I had responsibility for a bunch of sheep and goats and darn when spring gives a hint of appearing so do multiple lambs and kids.

your hands will never get dried out if you work with sheep. As Gracie always says, "ewes not fat ewes just fluffy"
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: New England
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Hope she pulls through and have a great trip!
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Adorable. Have a safe and wonderful trip.
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Old 02-12-2010, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Union, ME
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Thank you for the photo of the lamb - I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see!

Safe travels to you...
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Old 02-13-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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A friend down here has sheep in her blood and ...
I hope there is a cure for that.

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Old 02-14-2010, 12:50 PM
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aww, you are right...nothing like lamb pictures..

Safe travels
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