Sunday, March 24, 2013

How To Know When Spring Arrives

In Maine it is difficult to know when Spring arrives. We have long cold winters here.  The calender tells us one thing and the weather outside says something completely different.  Our farm calender says it's spring when the lambs begin to arrive.  Emily is the first ewe to lamb this year.  Spring has officially arrived.  Echo is the proud father of these two early arrivals. One ram lamb and one ewe lamb. Both black.
Ram lambs always arrive with horn buds.  You can see this little guys horn buds.
The milk bar is kept warm with her thick fleece.  We won't shear until late April or early May.  
I think the ram lamb is a bit more friendly at first. Probably more self assured. A good trait in a ram. 
They both are very curious. 
We do a quick dip of the umbilical stump  with Iodine. Then back with mama. 
We may look like we are still wrapped in winter's grip here on the farm but deep down inside we know it is really spring. We have lambs!
In just a few short weeks more lambs will arrive, the snow will melt and the first signs of green will appear.  There is nothing sweeter than lambs running through the green pastures having lamb races every afternoon. Hope spring arrives in your area soon.
Much Love and Prayers from Mainely Ewes Farm


jaz@octoberfarm said...

oh how cute! i can't wait to see the new ones when they arrive!

Peggy Lineberry said...

Love lambs! Have a happy, warm spring.

Rian said...

Congratulations to Emily! The baby lambs are precious. And you are right, it certainly doesn't look like Spring there.

Misty Meadows said...

I guess spring here won't arrive until April. That is when I should have lambs and calves on the ground. Congrats on your first of babies!! They are so adorable!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Congratulations on your lambs.

Stormy J said...

oh my they're precious! Congratulations ;)

LindaSue said...

I miss the baby goats - was a sign of end of winter here - usually born in January or mid February and for Texas - that's about it for serious winter. Y'all are hardier fold than I am! Beautiful lambs and your story continues to be a real adventure