Sunday, March 11, 2012

Lambing Prep 2012

Hi everyone.  Its been quite a few months since I posted last.  Lots of happenings at the farm.  For one I began a small business making gourmet sheep milk soap!! It is very time consuming but so much fun and rewarding.  After about three months of using the soap, my horrific eczema that tortured my hands has absolutely disappeared!!! There really is something to this handmade organic sheep milk soap.
If you want to check some of my goods out here you go .

Now, seems like just yesterday we were wringing our hands losing sleep waiting on our first crop of lambs so arrive on the farm.  After three perfect births we thought we were pretty hot stuff as far as shepherds go LOL...but now its that time all over again and frankly I am a nervous wreck!

I have checked my lists and double checked them.  All the necessary items and some not so necessary goods are well stocked in the barn.  Heaps of towels an bottles of molasses are standing by.  Hooves have been trimmed and ACV added to their water troughs.  I know I have forgotten something...I'll think of it.  Funny how no matter how well versed I thought we were the excitement takes over and nerves along with it. 

True, this time around we have more possibilities of multiple births.  And though the thought is awesome, the real deal makes me shake in my boots.  Icelandic's are known to be excellent mothers to multiples but one can't help but worry about all those "what if"'s you read about in the sheep books on your shelves.  Nature certainly does know what she is doing. One has to know when if at all to intrude on their moment and help them just a wee bit.  Its the knowing when that makes the butterflies take flight in this shepherd.

What are some of your concerns your worries more than any other?  What are your lambing delights ?
Would love to hear from you fellow shepherds who's experience or lack their of brings them to this lambing season full of wonder and excitement!

God Bless all your lambings!!



  1. Sandy, we've been away and I just caught up with Isbona posts, so sorry for your lambing troubles - hope the ewe is doing OK?
    Elaine over in Lyons NY
    p.s. I never got over for cobalt blocks - if you still have them I could come sometime this month......sorry to be so slow about it!

  2. sandy, don't leave us was lambing season?

  3. Hello ladies!

    Lambing season was nothing shy of amazing! We had a little loss in the begining but then our ewes pulled through and gave us a lovely white ewe lamb and an AWESOME Moorit ewe lamb on Easter Sunday!!! We though we were all done with just our two little ones.
    A month goes by and suddenly we notice one of the ewe yearlings isn't coming out of the barn upon inspection we find a teeny tiny bundle of black fleece up dry and nursing!!
    Woa!! What was that all about???
    Well, there was that one incident when the donkey got spooked and took a gate off its hinges while we were away and the boys and girls had a PARTAY!! Hahaha! Funny but not so funny!! We don't know who daddy it but one thing is for sure, he is not registerable...! Well, my hubby is eyeballing him as a freezer lamb and I have yet to cross that bridge. But we will see.
    All in all considering we only had three bred ewes that we knew of it was pretty eventfall. :D
    How was everyone else?? Would love to hear from you all.

    Elaine I think I have one more block. But if you think you can come around soon I will hold it for you. But no worries is you cant.