Saturday, May 12, 2012

Can i touch um?

This year we have over 100 yearling to lamb. I have many of them in the closet pasture to the house.

We have had a LOT of triplets this year and 4 sets of quads with less than 1/4 of the ewes lambed out.  Even the quads are even and good sized.

We leave ewes and lambs in the pasture to lamb,  but with so many multiplies this year we have jugged the trips for a day and then put them in a mixing pen for a few days before they are turned back out to pasture.

This am i turned about 6 sets of trips into the pasture with the yearlings. They will go back out with the ewes in a few days and more trips will come.

The best work to describe a yearling is "twit."  They are curious and silly and all over the place. Think teenage girl.

When i let the trips about 40 yearling RAN up to see what was going on. They surrounding the ewes kicking their feet and swinging their heads from side to side. 

The conversation appeared to go something like this.

Yearling 1 " OMG is that THREE lambs gf?" I mean you looked BIG..no offense.. but three lambs!!"  " Can i touch um?"

Yearling 2 " That figure is soooooo not coming back i hope i just have one lamb!" Can i touch um?"

Yearling 3 " ohhhhhh girlfriend your teats are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BIG...i mean those are not going to spring back if you know what i mean" " Can i touch um?"

yearling 4 "those rams were hot but a girl should know when to say enough" " can i touch um?"

yearling 5 " did it hurt? cuz i did not sign up for a lot of pain" " can i touch um?"

yearling 6 " is that blood on your bag? ohhh i feel sick" " can i touch um?"

yearling 7 " what was that lamby bus they put you in? i mean that was so gross and it was a short bus." can i touch um?'


ewe and her quads

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ready...Set.................

Lambing is officially a week away.  This means that any day now we can start with an early bird or two.

The yearling have been ear tagged with their permanent ear tags. We wait to do this until they are ready to lamb for the first time. We like to lamb first timers in their own pasture, but this year we had too many, so some will lamb with the ewes.

A few yearlings with their new earrings

The rough coated dogs have been shaved. This allows us to see any stickers or burrs before they get in their skin. I am sure my smooth coated dogs get a good chuckle at their hair challenged friends new looks.



Nellie shows her new cut last year


The irrigation water has been available for several weeks but the ground has been wet enough we have not needed it. This week we started to irrigate so we can get a good dose of water on all the pasture before we start to lamb.

The ewes were brought out of the dry land where they have been feed hay for the winter.




Ewes in dry land


The ewes are then taken to the irrigated farm ground where they will stay for the summer. This year we plan to leave the dry land open for some cover. We will add some large straw bales for cover, and some hay bales for those ewes that lamb in the dry land and wish to stay a few days with their new lambs. Many of the yearlings are in a pasture closer to the house.














A new pup is here at the ranch..young Lad will spend this lambing dreaming of the day he can walk the fields with his master and help in the yearly lambing.



Lad aka Laddie boy and Ladlad



Like all ranchers we ranchers we have spent the year planning for the lambing. Researching and buying new and better rams from http://www.tamaracksheep.com/.


Tamarack rams owned by 10-7 Ranch. Two more bucks were added last fall and two more have been reserved for this fall.

Buying fall breed ewe lambs from Richard Hamilton. This allows us to breed new ewes at 18 months of age and not breed spring ewe lambs. We did keep some of our Hamilton X Tamarack ewe lambs and i look fwd to breeding them last this fall.


Fall ewe lambs breed by Richard Hamilton in Rio Vista CA, purchased by 10-7 Ranch in June of 2011

 We have over seeded and fertilizing some of the pastures to have better forage for the ewes and lambs this summer. The pastures have been divided( with temp electric fence) so the ewes have a large area to lamb( set stocking) and another pasture is saved to grow and move the ewes after they have lambed.


  Studying the carcass info that our lamb buyer has provided, and looking at ways to make our lamb produce and even better product. http://www.nimanranch.com/Index.aspx


Loin eye pic of one of our lambs sold to Niman ranch






We are thankful for that the wet spring that made up for the very dry winter this year, and that we have irrigation water in the basin...and we wait and send up a prayer or two for a good lamb crop in 2012.
Sun rise at the 10-7 Ranch