Spring lambing season is well underway, and all our girls are having multiples this year. “Margaret Thatcher” had triplets, but two were two weak to survive, unfortunately. Death of livestock is a tough part of farming. Their big sister was twice as large and is healthy and hopping around behind her mom.
When the ewes begin labor, they separate themselves from the rest of the flock. After they give birth, they and their babies get to know each other and rest before joining the flock two or three days later. This is a picture of two ewes with their newborns and one ewe (in the middle) that is in labor. We called this area “the nursery” because most of the moms have chosen this far end of the pasture to give birth.
Here’s that same ewe from the previous picture, now resting with her two new babies.
In just a couple of days, the moms bring their babies together with other new moms and babies. The little ones race to catch up with their mothers and, before you know it, they are frolicking on their own, but never venture far from their mothers.
What a pretty time of year for babies on the farm!