A little sleep deprived, but all in all, very content this morning. Yesterday afternoon Pam came over to see Meadow’s new lambies, and as it had been raining hard, we didn’t rush right out to the greenhouse. When we did get there, who was inside, but Lucy – a first-timer – and two gorgeous, black ewe lambs! Talk about color genetics! Mr. Big, the AI white Border Leicester ram is the father. And these aren’t the only black lambs that have come from his crop of babies this year. Apparently, although my understanding of color genetics is sketchy, I would think that Mr. Big must have some recessive black genes in there. I was thinking that we have never had black lambs from him in the past, but I need to look at my records to be sure. It’s been a very interesting lambing!
I locked everyone into the greenhouse last night as the weather was getting worse, and again in the wee hours we had another set of twins, this time from Raven, a very dark ewe. Two white ram lambs from Mr. Big. And they are big boys! 11 and 12 pounders. Very cute, and very quick on the uptake. Full tummies in no time at all.
And we still have our 50/50 split of rams and ewes!