Tag Archives: Natasha

Low birth weight lambs

In the shepherding world, not all lambs are created equal. When we first started our flock, our newborn lambs weighed an average of about eight pounds, with as many above that weight as below. As I began my shepherding journey, collecting data as we went, I soon realized that those lambs who weighed less than […]

More ultrasound results

As mentioned in Friday’s blog, we ultrasounded our ewes nearly one week ago, giving us an idea of the lambing season to come. This information not only allows us to feed each of the ewes according to her needs, saving us money on feed in the long run. But it also helps as each ewe […]

In the eye of the beholder

Shepherds often discuss topics as widely varied as our sheep. Whether on the phone, by email, or in person, most sheep people recognize that we are a dying breed and that we have so much information to share. In a discussion the other day, another shepherd and I were talking about some of our best […]

A tiny update

Although lambs weighing under about eight pounds at birth tend to be at higher risk for death, Odessa and Oleg (born weighing only 3.7 and 3.3 pounds respectively) have been thriving in the jug with their mother, Natasha. For the first week, I would steel myself before each visit to the barn, prepared to find […]


Every spring, our flock swells in number as our ewes deliver dozens of lambs in our barns. Over the next weeks, we pay particular attention to each of these lambs, measuring their weight gains, assessing their interactions with the world around them, looking closely at their fleece characteristics, and generally trying to choose the best […]