Tuesday, June 19, 2012

general update

The new ram lamb is doing well! I was worried the ewe was going to reject him, but the little guy had a tight stomach when I picked him up and gave him some vitamin paste. Just in case the mother was slacking with the milk business, I offered him a bottle of warm goats milk and he sucked it down like a little piston. I think I'll keep him to raise for the Holidays. A tradition started last year, but certainly worth keeping up. Leg of Lamb served with cream sauce while the Yule log burns is a nice way to start the year, no? Any suggestions for names?

Updates to come for you about the Barn Raising (part 2!), the TWO new pony carts, my first canter with Merlin up a farm field hill, a new workshop for you fiber folk, entering the Washington County Fair, and (drumroll) a NEW INTERN is moving in tomorrow. All of this just happened and I have a book to write so blog updates will come in on breaks from writing.

So much is happening! All of it good!


Blogger Elizabeth said...

You are going in stealth speed!!!!

June 19, 2012 at 6:50 AM  
Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

Is this the mom that was so huge?

June 19, 2012 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger Misty said...

I've learned not to name the one's I plan on eating. It's easier that way. (Except for my pet pig who I had for 8 years, she had a name. Yet it is easier to put an animal in the freezer than it is to dig a hole and bury it.)

June 19, 2012 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

She looked huge I think because she was shorn, but no bigger than the other gals were. Not as big as the one who birthed twins.

She passed her placenta, and is eating and acting normal as any other sheep.

June 19, 2012 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I don't mind eating sheep with names. Not if I am naming it as a meat animal at least. If I bought a ewe lamb, bottle fed her, and wanted it as a lifetime farm animal I would name it and eating it would be harder/sadder if that's how it all shook out. But even then I would be fine with it.

The sheep here are not pets (okay, sal is a pet) and I was thinking of a Yuletide name for him. Something like Blitzen!

June 19, 2012 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Chestnut Farm said...

I'm thinking Burle for Burle Ives!

June 19, 2012 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Chestnut Farm said...

I'm thinking Burle for Burle Ives!

June 19, 2012 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Lego. :)

June 19, 2012 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'd call him "Ives" after Currier & Ives.

June 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...


And holy moly, you have so much going on! I want to hear about the fiber-related workshop.........

June 19, 2012 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Nikki said...

Heck, I think I'd call him Monday in celebration of what that day means now!

June 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of excitement!
Make sure your insurance cover the intern.

June 19, 2012 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Rita said...

I can tell we don't farm. Save him from possible death by bottle feeding him, name him, then plan to EAT him. I guess I'd starve.... In fact if it got real cold in the winter I'd probably bring him in the house to keep him warm. I'm a different one. :(

June 19, 2012 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Yup Rita, that is exactly how it will go. He gets bottle fed, since his mom has decided thats not her thing. And I will name him, since even if I don't name him he'll get a name anyway. I'll call him "Lamb" or "Christmas Dinner" and you say it enough times and it becomes a name. I don't mind eating animals with names at all, specially if the name was given with the intention of him being food. (I have friends with pigs called Sausage, or cows called Webber). We all eat what was alive to live, all of us. You can look it in the eye and know it, or not. Either way is fine. Farmers will take care of the first for those not interested, and I am happy to raise such animals for anyone who prefers to not.

June 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

Were you able to get any of mama ewe's colostrum? Do you think the lamb got any on his own? Do you find it makes a difference in their development?

June 19, 2012 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Dancing shepherdess said...

So did mom reject him?

June 19, 2012 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

good question!

He's been getting a bit of milk when he manages to sneak in. He seems to be doing great, and between the goats milk, vitamins, and mother's milk he's a squirming ball of health. If the mother flat out refused him I would take some colostrum powder I have on the fridge to add some oomph. Lambs won't die or frail without it, but it is a great help.

June 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Mom semi-rejected him. He's able to sneak in and get a few chugs off the teat, but after a few moments she shoves him aside.

June 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Tie mom up, and let lamb have a good feed. If she is kicking at him, hold a front foot up on the same side that he is feeding on.
Much better if you can make it work between lamb and ewe, rather than having to bottle feed.

June 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Ellen and Adrian said...

Our first three backyard laying hens were named Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. After three years, something (a weasel?) had killed Breakfast, and we culled Lunch and Dinner, with a pet and a 'thankyousomuch' after they had been oustide digging in the yard all day. We made soup - much to the dismay of some friends and family. Recently one of our meat rabbits decided to kill her third, small, litter - and we culled her and ate her as well. I was aware that I was eating 'Darla,' but it was a practical matter, and I knew just how much time and effort I had put into ensuring her comfort and safety. Our animals get better care than some family pets, and they are duly appreciated.

June 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

My kids are so accustomed to naming our hens. When we sit down to eat a chicken dinner they ask who we're eating. The mean nothing bad by it. It's not a joke to them by any means. It simply is putting a face, some recognition to the meat they are consuming.

June 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger PansWife said...

No name suggestions from me. When I name them they become pets. Bon appetite. (PS: I agree about keeping mom in place while the lamb feeds. Mom will get over it and baby will get fat.)

June 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

How about Bandit ... he looks like he's wearing a little mask :D

June 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM  
Anonymous egirlwonder said...

How about Mint (as in mint jelly to go with lamb)?
Gosh I have a twisted sense of humour!

June 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM  
Anonymous H said...

Another one here who doesn't name food - it becomes a different kind of connection that way.

What will the intern do? Very curious to hear about it!!

June 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

Glad things are going so well! Congrats on it all!

What about Arni? I *think* that means lamb in Greek.

I know it would be work, but I have to say I root for Karen's idea about making mom cooperate for him to nurse. :)

June 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Kelsie said...

When I worked on the goat farm, all the female goat kids got regular names (since they were going to be part of the dairy herd), but every male born was named "Taco." There was one exception--a buck named Banjo. Somehow, he wormed his way into our hearts and we castrated him and kept him around. Had to watch out for those horns, though. I often ended up tossed across the paddock whenever I bent over to do something. (P.S.--goat tacos ARE delicious, and the boys did have the advantage of getting to stay with mom until they were old enough to be sold at market, whereas the doelings had to be taken away and bottle fed, so there was a lot of give and take there).

June 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger karental said...

I think Bon Appetite is a fine name. Will the new intern allow him/herself to become a character on the blog? Welcome new person.

June 19, 2012 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

I saw in a more recent post you have plenty of votes to name your ram lamb 'Monday' but when you mentioned a Christmas theme I thought of the the french for Merry Christmas 'Joyeaux Noel' could the little guy be a Noel? Or Santa? Glad to be reading these happier posts, seems like you are adjusting to life away from the office!

June 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Jennifer & Chris said...

I know this is late comment (playing post catch up) but we name all our livestock. Last year's meat chickens were named after food - but we couldn't really tell them apart so this year's are all named Nom.

June 26, 2012 at 5:53 PM  

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