Saturday, March 8, 2014

By Our Fires!

I am so happy to announce the first lamb of 2014! This is the big boy born this morning from my youngest ewe, Brick. I would have bet money on twins but it turns out she just had this little muppet inside, horns and all! He's healthy with a big belly full of colostrum and born on a mild night (lucky guy). I discovered him this morning when I was out doing chores and it was like getting shot in the heart with a smile arrow. Just seeing that wobbly, goofy, little guy next to his healthy mother was sunlight in my ribcage. It felt so good to be holding that little squirming heartbeat. To hear the sound of a mother ewe, chortle and whisper sheep secrets to her little one. I inhaled that baby lamb smell, wishing I could bottle it but knowing any artifice of the experience wouldn't be the same. New life! Here comes spring in full force. You know, I had started the morning with prayers and smiling. I had a warm fire, hot tea, and a good dog by my side and here was this amazing gift. I had to share this morning's prayer as it was so properly fitting:

Even in the Cold Time, when everything seems dead,
each moment is born after its predecessor and time
goes on: you give birth even in the poverty of winter.
...Together let us fill the long night with light,
calling all beings to warm themselves by our fires.

He'll get his shots soon and if any of you out there are looking for a purebred Scottish Blackface ram lamb for your flocks I'll refrain from castration. He is for sale if someone wants a breeding animal! Just email me or comment here with information to contact you.

I am hoping that the other Blackface Ewe will have a ewe lamb in her. This farm needs young blood and some of the older males sold off. I want to scale down to a smaller, productive, blackface flock. The only other possibly pregnant sheep is Maude but I'm not sure new life can even spawn inside something so surly. I kid. In truth Maude has never had a lamb, though many a ram has tried. Every spring she gets fat and looks pregnant but so far she's not packing anything but pounds from grain and second cut.

Bonita is t-minus two weeks I'd say! She is round as heck, udders are milking up, and I can not wait to have a kid or two in the house, milk on tap, soap in molds, cheese in the fridge, cream in my coffee…..mmmm.

Blessed, This Spring! Now smile and know we're looking for warmer days ahead!


Blogger kbrow said...

Congratulations on the new life!
Jenna, what is the book of prayers you use for your morning devotion? I love the two you've posted, and I want to read more!

March 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Sylvan said...

Congrats, Jenna! How very exciting! Wonder if you mind answering a question for me...Why don't you let the babes feed from their mothers? Is their a short-form answer to this? Much appreciated :-D

March 8, 2014 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Thanks guys!

Sylvan, all my lambs nurse long as they want. When I said weaned, I meant naturally. So it'll be at least 3-4 months before any buyer would take this guy.

As for goat kids, they are never on their mother's teats. Their first drink is from the bottle, because my goats are raised as dairy producers. I want the kids used to people as "parents" from day one so they become more pleasant and amicable dairy goats and I want to ration the amount of milk the kids drink, which I can do with a bottle schedule.

Some dairy goat owners never take the kids away, but I do, as do all the dairy folk around here that I know personally.

March 8, 2014 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Sylvan said...

Thanks for the info and clarification.

March 8, 2014 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Cris said...

I'm with kbrow--would you mind sharing the title of the prayer book you've been quoting from? They are simply lovely and I would like to read more! Thank you :-)

March 8, 2014 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Anyone who wants the name of the prayer book can email me!

March 8, 2014 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

He's a very handsome little guy for sure. I have some bottle lambs here if you want some! Good luck on the ewe lamb. I hope you get a few of them.

March 8, 2014 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Coco said...

Congratulations on the handsome new arrival!!

March 9, 2014 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Anton said...

Congratulations! Cute little guy.

March 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

Certainly a sign of good days ahead...!


March 9, 2014 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Montero said...

You lamb in the snow, with mountain lions and coyotes on the prowl. Respect! Never again will I feel sorry for myself lambing in a little drizzle with only foxes for foes. Congratulations on a strong, handsome ram lamb.

March 9, 2014 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger - said...

For those who are wondering, I'm pretty sure the prayer book is the following: "A Book of Pagan Prayer" by Ceisiwr Serith


March 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger - said...

For those asking, I'm pretty sure the prayer book is the following: "A Book of Pagan Prayer" by Ceisiwr Serith


March 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM  

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