Sunday, April 24, 2011

It's going to be a bright sunshiny day...

Happy Easter everyone!

The sun is shining down upon us, and for today at least it feels like spring. What a wonderful day for the moms and babies to explore the middle pasture. This was the first time out here for Cammie's lambs Eliza and Vladamir, they are still small and stayed pretty close to their mom.

Although they did get adventurous. They are so much smaller than the other lambs who are over a week older than them.

And decided they wanted the opportunity for a close up. So here's Vlad

and Eliza

Amelia's boys are doing well.

Valiant is living up to his name and is by far the friendliest lamb we have. Always the first over for attention.

His brother Valentine is a little more shy.

Vance rarely leaves his mothers side except for the occasional lamb race. Jaqui is being a wonderful mother and he is growing like a weed.

And what can I say about Jewel? Wow after a year off last year she seems to have forgotten that she only wanted one lamb to feed, and is taking beautiful care of both of her lambs this year.

And they are both doing wonderfully in her care.

Vaughan is huge and looks like he will be shaela. His fleece is lovely and I am hoping he will become a flock sire for someone.

Eleanor is staying here her fleece is very soft like her brothers but much longer and with a different type of crimp all together.

It's so much fun watching them grow up. I hope everyone is having some lovely weather, and enjoying a nice relaxing weekend.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Last of the lambs

Cammie finally had her lambs last night. A lovely large (7 lb) ram lamb who we are calling Vladamir, or Vlad for short, although there is not much short about him! She also gave us our second ewe lamb of the year, the tiny (5 lb) RF Eliza who is cute as a button and very full of herself. She was bouncing around like popcorn before she was even nursing. Mom and babies are both doing well.

Unfortunately I didn't manage to get many pictures of them as my camera battery ran out. But they are both adorable. Here's Vlad again, he is bigger and a darker brown than his sister.

So that concludes lambing here at Ridgeway Farm. 4 Ewes had 7 lambs. They consisted off 5 ram lambs and 2 ewe lambs. We are planning to keep RF Eleanor and Vladamir as our wether, everyone else will be for sale. The lambs are growing so fast, I need to get more pictures of them, and as lamb races are well underway here I might try and get some video too. I hope everyone else has had/are having a successful lambing season. I am very happy with the 2011 lamb crop.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

More arrivals

It must be spring.

Jaqui surprised us with a ram lamb today. A surprise because it turns out Jaqui is black (tiny black spot on back of one ear) with one huge white spot, and also because we didn't think she would lamb second. Here is RF Vance weighing in at a hefty 7 1/2 lbs. He's a cutie pie.

And our next surprises occurred a few hours later when Jewel gave birth two a ram lamb, here's RF Vaughan an incredibly handsome fellow and weighing it at 6 1/2 lbs.

And then our first ewe lamb of the year. Introducing RF Eleanor (ewe lambs are E's this year) who will be staying here. She weighed in at 6 lbs. I was getting worried we would have all rams and I would have a hard time coming up with that many V's!

Valiant and Valentine are doing wonderfully. Here's Valiant in mid spring. Amelia is being a very good mother.

Only Cammie is left to lamb. She's looking like a wide load and has at least twins. I'm actually hoping for a ram and a ewe out of her but would be happy with two ewe lambs. Just crossing my fingers they aren't both rams.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


After all the waiting the first lambs of the season have arrived!

Amelia gave birth to twin ram lambs this morning. Most of the family was there to watch the births, and the pregnant ewes looked on through the stable doorway. Ram lambs this year will be named starting with the letter V (ewes will be E). So without further ado here is RF Valiant.

He's more of a lover than a fighter right now (hopefully it stays that way) he is the oldest by about 10 minutes and weighed in at six and a half pounds.

And here's his twin brother RF Valentine.

A little more shy but with a wonderfully soft fleece. He weighed in at six pounds.

Mother and babies are doing well. I think Jewel will be next and she could be very soon.