My Clun Forest ewe, Black Raspberry, had twins last night, one day after her own second birthday. These are her first lambs and they are small: a ram lamb 6 lbs, 13 oz., and a ewe lamb 6 lbs, 7 oz. Suddenly Lily’s lamb in the jug next door, born 12 lbs, 4 oz, three days earlier, seemed like a bumptious giant.
Raspberry is Lily’s full sister, one year younger, but whereas Lily looks exactly like their mother, Blackberry, fine-boned and pretty, Raspberry is every inch their father, my old ram Ioan. She has his roman nose and his heavy fleece which felts into dreadlocks in a ruff around her neck. (When I was in the jug with her I took the opportunity to trim the worst of the danglies.) In full fleece she is also the biggest ewe in the flock.
So much going on in the barn, very little time for writing. However ten ewes have lambed and we have 15 lambs. This is a 150% lambing rate — not great for Cluns and probably attributable to my not weaning the lambs last summer, and not methodically flushing the ewes in the fall.
Still, the maternity stall is a busy place.