The lambs that we ordered in the spring were ready for pick up a week or so ago but we didn't want to pick them up until after Buckwheat was gone.
We had chosen 6 lambs - 3 Romney and 3 Icelandic. When we got to Willow Farm we swamped out a few of the choices - in the interim between choosing and picking up a few of them hadn't really grown a lot - which Josslyn supported. We actually added a 7th - a Merino/Romney cross which I couldn't help but take.
I haven't even gone through my first season of sheep shearing, and already I am a fleece hoarder! I am so curious to see the result of her crossing those two types of wool.
Introducing the lambs to the ewe's wasn't as stressful as I had imagined. There was a bit of position asserting, but for the most part the sheep accepted one another and kept on grazing. And the alpacas completely accepted the sheep. There was a bit of running on the part of the smaller lambs, but generally speaking the whole thing was very smooth and easy.
We are hoping that Elsie makes friends with the other lambs and has some companionship - sometimes her mom and the other 2 ewes leave her alone while they go off together.
A sheep farmer meets an urban gardener. Fleece ensues.
The Reading List
*Animal, Vegetable, Miracle