Spring is here! Well, sort of. Up here in Maine it is still below freezing at night and my kids are still wearing mittens, but we can feel that warm weather coming. Spring is lambing season!
We have three new lambs on the farm, they haven’t been named yet, but they are soooo cute! Eventually in the spring I will get lovely fleeces from these babies, I can’t wait, luckily I have the fleeces from the adults this year to play with.
That is Cocoa there with her twins, a boy and a girl on the left and the other single is from another ewe but she likes staying near her half brother and sister. Both mother ewes are doing well this year, Cocoa had a bit of a freak out at first running from her babies like they were going to eat her, but a couple of days in a stanchion helped out with that. It might seem a bit mean to restrain the mother ewe but it was either that or two dead babies because she wouldn’t let them nurse!
This was Daisy’s second year and she took right to her baby. My husband got up on a Saturday morning and went into the barn and she was all clean and warm with her mom.
We have sheep formula and a bottle on hand just in case but we didn’t need it this year, so that is a big relief.
However, our third pregnant ewe did not do as well and her two babies did not survive. Mama is doing fine, she is also a good baby sitter for the lambs. Maybe next year she will do better, it was a positive note that she was having twins, something we like to see in sheep.
So, while I occasionally buy prepared fiber I much prefer to either buy fleeces from other sheep farmers or use fleeces from my sheep.It is very rewarding using the wool from our sheep that are living on our little farm. I know not everyone can have their own sheep, but don’t forget fair season is coming!
Both the Maine Fiber Frolic the first weekend in June, and the Common Ground Fair in September, have Fleece Tents that bring in around five hundred fleeces for sale from Maine sheep farmers. I always see more fleeces that I want than I can possibly spin, but myself and all the other spinners who come know that satisfaction of starting with a raw fleece.
There are lots of things to know before you buy a raw fleece, but that is for another post, today I will end with one more sheep photo. Plus a fluffy bunny right before he got sheared too!