Bum lambs and bottles

 Préalpes Sheep and lamb

The lambing season has started, so I will now have to get used to sharing my husband with another 270 demanding females. Despite careful family planning, the first of an expected three hundred lambs arrived a week early on New Year’s Eve.

Lambing will last for the next couple of months and at least a third of the ewes will require the delicate services of my midwife extraordinaire. He will spend more time in the sheep barn than in the house and I will spend more time in the company of the washing machine and his muck-covered overalls than I will with him.

Difficult births, bum lambs (those rejected by their mothers) and bottles will keep him busy from 6am until midnight. The New Year has arrived with its usual bang and everything is set for another 12 months down on the farm.

Happy 2008!

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10 Responses to Bum lambs and bottles

  1. Heidi says:

    Wow! 270 pregnant sheep?? I hope he has help….good luck to him, and to you!


  2. tut-tut says:

    Is this early for lambing? It would be here, I think. Best luck to you in 2008!

  3. Kathleen says:

    My goodness…apparently there is never a lull! Never a time, of any length, when NOTHING is going on? You are a very busy woman, and I was hoping the winter would mean some quiet time for you.
    Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2008.

  4. meredith says:

    Happy New Year. The lamb in the photo is so cute, but maybe 300 of them wouldn’t be.

  5. Mary Alice says:

    This reminded me of all the stories in the James Herriot books about lambing time. Such cold nights spent as the midwife of ewes. Good luck with them all.

  6. Hexe says:

    Happy New Year! Sounds busy already and perhaps a bit smelly 🙂

  7. tut-tut says:

    Actually, here is someone in a somewhat similar situation, who is a knit designer:


    so I’m wrong on this side of the Atlantic about when lambs drop!

  8. Thanks for the link tut-tut!

  9. Look at those faces. I know about the bummers issue. Growing up it was my job to take care of the bum calves. It’s a lot of work, but worth it 🙂

    Happy New Year to you too!

  10. Lizzy says:

    I love when you post because I know I’m always in for a delightful adventure. Best part is getting to read it without having to do the laundry that goes along with it. I hope you survive and I hope you get your husband back soon =)

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