Some of the happenings, as I see it, on a dead end road, high up on a ridge, in southwestern Wisconsin.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Today everyone was granted their freedom. With such a small number of sheep, I can keep them close at hand when the lambs are very young. All the better to snuggle on them. They have had a small outside place to race around, but this morning, I let them out into my limited pasture where they will live for a while. The major challenge for the lambs was the stumps in the middle of their area. As you can see from the second picture, only one has conquered it, so far. I know the others won't be far behind. It surprised me that it wasn't Calla (white feet) that was first. She is still by far, the leader of any kind off wild activity. Gotta love that girl!
The ewes paid no attention to what the lambs were doing when faced with a pasture that hadn't been grazed for several days. They hadn't forgotten what to do. The lambs went from one activity to another, eating, running, climbing, and exploring. I will keep a close eye on them for several days. They can get into so many unbelievable situations.
Just one cow picture. If you look closely, you will see that one young cow decided that it was not big enough to have a place at the table. Being resourceful, it climbed up on the wagon. I have no idea just how that was accomplished, but it sure was a surprise to us. It is not easy to see, but if you look closely you can see the deck of the wagon is just behind the red gate and then a pile of green and then a black and white cow. She does not belong there!
And a great big thank you to the Shetland people who contributed to my little darlings: Kelly Bartels, Becky Uttecht, Karen Valley, Nancy Krohn, and Garrett Ramsey. Without their wonderful animals, I would never have had these five wonderful little lambs with their very special fleeces.