Tag Archives: January

More ultrasound results

There’s a lot of information contained in the data we collect at ultrasounding, and the days that follow are filled with trying to make sense of the numbers. Sometimes I don’t know quite what to make of the numbers I’m working with, and at other times things make sense. For example, I was not surprised […]

Breeding variety

Every breeding season is unique from all those that preceded it. Even if you use the same ram two years in a row, there are so many other factors that switch things up, including the weather and the composition of the breeding group. This is our sixteenth breeding season, and no two have been interchangeable […]

A moment of satisfaction

Now that the majority of the ewes have had their lambs weaned, they are hard at work trying to rebuild their bodies. In August just before breeding season begins, they are generally well-padded from a summer on our lush pastures that are filled with not only grass, but all manner of wildflowers, weeds, and brush. […]


This has been an exciting week for us. First, Grace delivered our last lambs of the year on Monday. Then, about forty-eight hours later, our farm played host to a field trip for students and parents who participate in the Marion Home School Assistance Program. Although we have hosted such a visit before, this time […]

January’s surprise

On January 30th, I wrote about our girl January, who is a close sheep-friend of mine and had ultrasounded in December with two lambs. I had suspected that she might carry triplets rather than twins, so contrary to my usual practice of feeding our ewes based on the number of lambs they scan, I moved […]


I think that our girl January has a secret. For new readers, January is a lovely white Romeldale ewe born in 2010 as one of triplets. Her mother had a true hatred for white lambs, and that year she delivered two solid black (June and July), and one white—our girl January. Within hours of birth, […]