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Puppies, and colts and lamb, oh my!

a plethora of guardian dog puppies

a plethora of guardian dog puppies

Siobhan with guardian dog puppies--we like 'em socialized!

Siobhan with guardian dog puppies–we like ’em socialized!

It is only early February, but we do have lots of young animals around. We have had more than one litter of Livestock Guardian Dog puppies (hence the difference in sizes), a litter of Border collies, last summer’s colt crop, and–oh yes–one lamb. The little ones are fun, but soon we will have scores of lambs and calves on the ground, so this is the calm before the storm. Barring bad weather, which we have definitely not had, I consider the time between when the bucks go into the ewes in mid-December, and when the purebred lambs and the heifers’ calves start arriving in early March to be the lull. How can it be going by so fast? And why do I still feel so busy?

Maeve and Siobhan with an adult livestock guardain dog, with the sheep at Lower Powder Springs

Maeve and Siobhan with an adult  guardian dog,overlooking the sheep watering at Lower Powder Spring (one of them isn’t dressed right!)

 

 

Five (of seven) of Sam's and Yonush's Border collie puppies

Five (of seven) of Sam’s and Yonush’s Border collie puppies

 

the colts check out Maeve (no coat in early February)

the colts check out Maeve (no coat in early February)

the colts hanging out at Powder Flat

the colts hanging out at Powder Flat

Learning to be horses

Learning to be horses

What does it mean when the (surprise) lamb sees its shadow on Ground Hog Day?

What does it mean when the (surprise) lamb sees its shadow on Ground Hog Day?

 

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Babies on the Ground

three amigos

three amigos

We raise our own rams, both Rambouillet and Hampshire. These babies are born in March, in the sheds at Powder Flat. It is a ton of work. Each year, it gets harder to bring our excellent Peruvian employees, due largely to problems within our own government and our own system for getting visas for these essential workers.  We are fortunate for the skilled employees who are on the ground, helping us to bring these babies safely into the world.

Maeve and Tiarnan

Maeve and Tiarnan

the colts are growing!

the colts are growing!

Maeve's view of Lulu

Maeve’s view of Lulu

Rhen AKA "Sunshine"

Rhen AKA “Sunshine”

 

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Colts!

Spring colts hanging out

Spring colts hanging out

We had two planned colts born last spring. My mare Peanut and Eamon’s mare Dirte each had colts. We think they will turn out to be roans, like their dad, Eamon’s stud, Huey. We also had two “catch colts’, born to our saddle mares who were bred by wild horse studs while at sheep camp last winter. (By the way, we are not happy about this turn of events–sometimes those studs injure our horses, and we prefer our registered stud!). We had about given up on, Plata, Pat’s mare, who had spent a lot of time with Huey. Finally a couple of weeks ago, she presented us with a beautiful little sorrel. She is also the mother of Dirte. All of these were pasture bred and pasture born.

Meghan, Sami and Lulu

Meghan and Sami with Lulu, one of the catch colts. Lulu spent the summer following her mother, Daisy, as she helped herd sheep.

Spring colts hanging out

Plata and her fall colt

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2013 in Animals, Family, Horses

 

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