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#6186752 - 03/13/18 06:43 PM Little lambs
Mike in A-town Offline
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Shaping up to be a busy time of year. My sis and bro-in-law roughly estimate 100-130 ewes ready to lamb in the next few weeks... They're behind on getting ready so we've all been pitching in to help catch them up.



Mike
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#6186808 - 03/13/18 07:40 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
fossil2 Offline
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years back I helped a buddy who had about that many ewes. I did the night shift "baby sitting' during lambing. interesting part was castrating time,,,,,he used his teeth. ive heard that was common many years back.

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#6186812 - 03/13/18 07:44 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
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Finster hates lambs, just hates them! Every time he walks past a lamb pen they run up to the fence hollering "Daaaaady, Daaaaady". Go figure.
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#6186826 - 03/13/18 07:56 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
adam m Offline
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Mike thats a lot of fresh lamb for St Patrick's day. grin

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#6186850 - 03/13/18 08:16 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: fossil2]
lebowski Offline
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That might of just been what he told you so it would not seem so weird.

Originally Posted By: fossil2
...interesting part was castrating time,,,,,he used his teeth. ive heard that was common many years back.


Edited by lebowski (03/13/18 08:16 PM)
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#6186854 - 03/13/18 08:18 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
btomlin Offline
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My dad just finished lambing. Won’t be long and he will dragging my sister and brother all over going to “show and sales”. They are way into it. He burnt me out on it in high school and I have zero interest in anything farm now. My sister won the Missouri State fair a few years ago. That dumb lamb sold for $21,500 at the sale of champions. Crazy. I tease him that he got remarried and had more kids just to have a reason to continue his hobby.

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#6186857 - 03/13/18 08:22 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
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nope,,it was a common method years back. we banded a few one winter, and that was a lot harder on them than the "old fashioned" way. in a few hours they were up and hopping around and playing. the banded ones were walking stiff legged and in obvious pain for days. but yeah,,,he WAS weird.

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#6186858 - 03/13/18 08:22 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: lebowski]
btomlin Offline
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Originally Posted By: lebowski
That might of just been what he told you so it would not seem so weird.

Originally Posted By: fossil2
...interesting part was castrating time,,,,,he used his teeth. ive heard that was common many years back.


Never heard of using the chompers. We used “rubber bands” on their tails and jewels. Let that sink in...a super small industrial strength rubber band around your boys.

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#6186863 - 03/13/18 08:25 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
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we also docked the tails, and used the castrating bands to seal up a tail that wouldn't quit bleeding. worked great.

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#6186873 - 03/13/18 08:37 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: btomlin]
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Originally Posted By: btomlin
My dad just finished lambing. Won’t be long and he will dragging my sister and brother all over going to “show and sales”. They are way into it. He burnt me out on it in high school and I have zero interest in anything farm now. My sister won the Missouri State fair a few years ago. That dumb lamb sold for $21,500 at the sale of champions. Crazy. I tease him that he got remarried and had more kids just to have a reason to continue his hobby.

You must be doing Club lambs ..
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#6186883 - 03/13/18 08:40 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
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We had Oxfords here ,for 13 years....small flock..most we ever lambed out was 20 ewes....My son had some very nice show sheep too....here's one of his rams ...325 lbs


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#6186885 - 03/13/18 08:41 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: btomlin]
Mike in A-town Offline
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Originally Posted By: btomlin
My dad just finished lambing. Won’t be long and he will dragging my sister and brother all over going to “show and sales”. They are way into it. He burnt me out on it in high school and I have zero interest in anything farm now. My sister won the Missouri State fair a few years ago. That dumb lamb sold for $21,500 at the sale of champions. Crazy. I tease him that he got remarried and had more kids just to have a reason to continue his hobby.


These are hair sheep. Most are bound for sale...

My brother-in-law ran cattle for years and decided to try something else. He sat down and crunched the numbers several times and came to the conclusion that he could turn a better profit with these sheep.

We'll see.

Mike
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#6186888 - 03/13/18 08:44 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
Mike in A-town Offline
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It's funny, I'm not real soft hearted when it comes to animals...

But there isn't much that tugs at your heart strings like a newborn lamb.

Mike
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#6186916 - 03/13/18 09:07 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
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No kidding....especially when one doesn't make it....very sad
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#6186921 - 03/13/18 09:08 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
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And around here they alway lamb on the coldest day of the year in Jan and Feb.....
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#6186925 - 03/13/18 09:11 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Nessmuck]
bblwi Offline
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Much smaller scale at my Son's farm. I go over daily to feed my 4 beef animals and their 6 ewes have 9 live ones with one more to lamb soon we hope. Noisy place when you open the door. The oldest were born in the middle of February.

Bryce

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#6186939 - 03/13/18 09:26 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Nessmuck]
Mike in A-town Offline
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Originally Posted By: Nessmuck
And around here they alway lamb on the coldest day of the year in Jan and Feb.....


Some of our biggest wettest snows have come in March. Nothing like a New England Nor'Eastah but bad news if it comes during lambing...

But the weather reports call for nice Spring weather for the foreseeable future so that's one less worry.

Plenty of coyotes around though.

Mike
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#6186941 - 03/13/18 09:28 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Nessmuck]
btomlin Offline
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Originally Posted By: Nessmuck
And around here they alway lamb on the coldest night of the year in Jan and Feb.....


Fixed it for ya! smile Was nothing worse than the 2-3am checks and have one struggling when it was brutal cold. It seemed like you would just get warmed up enough to get back to sleep ans it was time to chore before school.

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#6186944 - 03/13/18 09:31 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
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Originally Posted By: Mike in A-town
Originally Posted By: Nessmuck
And around here they alway lamb on the coldest day of the year in Jan and Feb.....


Some of our biggest wettest snows have come in March. Nothing like a New England Nor'Eastah but had news if it comes during lambing...

But the weather reports call for nice Spring weather for the foreseeable future so that's one less worry.

Plenty of coyotes around though.

Mike

They have a guard donkey...or..llama...Great Pyrenees ??
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#6186955 - 03/13/18 09:39 PM Re: Little lambs [Re: Mike in A-town]
Mike in A-town Offline
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They have a dog, Chief. He is part Pyrenees and something else. My parents live on the premises too and Chief is dad's constant companion...

He's a pretty good dog. They had a goat drop a kid in the middle of a cold night... little feller didn't make it. As soon as dad stepped out the door the next morning Chief came and got dad and took him to the paddock to show him the kid. Chief has the instincts, but it's just him with a couple hundred head.

Brother-in-law is looking into a llama too.

Mike
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