Our 11 year old son bought Katahdin sheep last year. He found a farmer in the Amish community that was selling out his herd and was able to pick up a good deal on 2 pregnant ewes and 1 young ewe. A few months later, he bought a young ram from another Amish man so that he would be able to breed his ewes and start a good flock. It was an exciting time during lambing season last year.
This year, we anxiously await for 2009 baby lambs..this time from his ewes and his ram. Our son has been giving us updates on his sheep such as how big they are getting as well as information about their growing udder size. Evidently, that is a good sign of an upcoming birth.
I went out to the pasture today and took some pictures of the sheep after encouragement to “go see for myself” how big one of the ewes was. They are convinced she is expecting triplets. I guess twins. At any rate, she is big with lamb and close to delivery. Even I could tell that by the way the poor thing was walking. I can sympathize.
(Note: She is in the back ground. The ram is in the front.)
They guys prepared a shelter for the upcoming lambing season. They salvaged an old gate and repaired the wire. They attached the gate to the milk barn so that the gate can close for a instant pen.
For now, all eyes are on the sheep for the next couple of weeks. Updates to come soon!