Spring has Sprung at Morvern – lots of babies
Our first new born lambs of 2011 are here! One little boy named ‘Shaun the Sheep’ and a girl named ‘Barbara’.
Shaun is solid black lamb. Barbara has really unusual colouring for a Suffolk lamb as she is light and spotty so they are really easy to tell apart.
The lambs will be cute and little for four or five months – skipping and hopping around the Morvern Valley paddocks drinking from their mums.
When the baby lambs latch onto their mums, their little tails start to wiggle high in the air. This shows the lamb is getting its milk – and if it’s the least bit quiet you can even hear them guzzling! Sometimes when they are finished feeding they will have a little milk foam on the side just like a moustache, it is so cute!
Mum and baby are kept penned up together alone for a couple of days. The length of time we keep then penned up usually depends on the age of the ewe mum. Our first timers we will leave longer then our veterans. We have some ewes – ‘Baa Baa’ and ‘Barbie’ included, that are so good they may only stay penned up for a day.
Baby lambs sleep a lot at first and each time they wake up they search for mama.
Lambing time is a great time around our place. One of the greatest miracles is birth. What may be a close second is to hear mama and baby yell for each other from across the pasture, and the reunion when they meet up!
Both lambs visited Bundanoon Public Schools Kindergarten this week where they just loved all the attention from the kinders!
Stay tuned goslings, peacocks, ducklings, chicks and frogs all being born in these next weeks too!