Another sign of spring

Around here, Springtime means budding grapevines, weaning lambs and....shearing the ewes.

With our extra pens not being set up yet, weaning has proved to be a harder task because you have to separate the babies from the ewes.  So we moved our ram in with the ewes and moved half of the babies into the old ram pen.  We are going to make a smaller pen within the large ewe pen and use that to wean of the rest of the babies.  Hopefully this weekend.

And let me tell you, the babies do NOT like to be separated from their mamas!!  They baaah until they can't baaah anymore...literally.  They get horse.  Kinda sad, kinda funny.  The ewes don't care so much.  They are glad to not have a 60 lb baby jabbing at the udders several times a day.

These poor ewes were not shorn last year.  We had something minor going on last spring.  A wedding of some sort.  ;)  We were a little preoccupied with only 4 1/2 months to plan.  So, they are pretty shaggy.

BUT, this past Wednesday Chris started in on the ewes.  He's done 2 per day so far, so 6 are done.  Ok, I did one, so he's done 5 :)

6 more to go.

3 Notes:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you've been busy. I bet those moms are very relieved to have the lambs weaned.

Michelle said...

I know those moms are glad to have a break from those babies! AND to get a haircut! That always makes me feel better! lol

Dawson Cattle Company said...

how fun! and im sure they love getting all that off. have a wonderful week!

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