As readers of this blog may remember, last year (2015) was not a successful year for the sheep. The ram I used did not perform well and I only ended up with eight lambs.
So the first contest of 2016 will be to guess how many lambs I will have this year. Based on when the ram was introduced to the ewes last fall, the first lambs are expected the first week of February. Ewes can have singles, twins or occasionally triplets.
These photos were taken on Christmas Day and I tried to get a photo of each of the 12 ewes. (I ended up with more than 12 photos so one ewe is depicted twice.) The individual(s) who get the exact number of live lambs at the end of lambing will get their choice of a bar of handmade goat milk soap. In the event that no one gets the exact number, anyone leaving a guess in the comments of the blog will have their name put into a random draw.
12 Ewes: 4 older experienced ewes; 4 2011 ewes, all have previous lambs; 1 2012 ewe that has lambed once; 3 2014 ewes (one lambed last year; the other two have never lambed)