Ok they weren't born on the actual New Year, but they are the first lambs of the new year. Its a rather embarrassing story that luckily has a happy ending.
Last fall Dad and I were sorting the sheep and pulling out the rams who were going for sale. Well one ewe decided to jump in and join the rams. We were running late and had to leave her for the night mixed in with the boys...well...I really need to talk to my sheep about birth control! Especially having babies in January!! This is totally on me!
So, dad and I had a nice little shock when we headed over to let the sheep out and found babies! To top it off, our sheep hauler aka horse trailer, was full of scrap metal. #facepalm So first we had to recycle the metal and then load up the babies and mama to take them back to the barn. Then one of the lambs wasn’t sucking or breathing well so I had to run into the vet to get materials to help save it. Sigh...some days....are more exciting then others.
Both babies are happy and well, and Mama is super protective of them. So grateful for a barn to keep these little ones warm.
Elena Miller-terKuile is the current generational farmer of Cactus Hill Farm. When not in the fields/with the sheep/dying fiber/in the garden/knitting away, you will find Elena..Lets be honest here....you'll most likely find her taking a nap!