Thursday, May 3, 2012


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

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.

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


  1. Go!!!!!! =) You have lots of lamb there, Lana! Are you having a hard time taking care of them? Anyway, you have Laddie to look after whilst you take account of your other errands. At least you’re sure that they will all be safe. Anyway, how many hectares is your ranch? If you still have unused areas, you can use them to plant vegetables and trees.

    Rodger Ciliberto

  2. You do have a lot of lambs, and all of them are so healthy. You’ll be able to find a very reasonable livelihood with them. Just always remember to have a balance on everything you have in your ranch to have a good ecosystem.
    - Darren Lanphere