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Lamb Camp Day 1: Campers arrive and so do their first lambs

Lamb Camp Day 1: Campers arrive and so do their first lambs

Our friend Ida had so much fun visiting us during lambing in 2013 that she applied to return this year. In my last post, I tried to set the stage for Lamb Camp 2015 by sharing the backstory of Ida’s first visit. By the time Ida and daughter Whitney and niece Audrey arrived on April […]

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Waiting for your first Soay lamb to arrive? Read this

I just uploaded a 3-year old post to the “from the archives” section over on your right. Check it out for a fun video of a newborn lamb trying to get up on its feet for the first time. The video will give you a good idea of what a one-minute old heritage Soay lamb […]

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Premature Soay lamb survives … and thrives

Premature Soay lamb survives … and thrives

Once again our heritage sheep have confirmed the legendary hardiness of Soay. It was March 28, 2014, a full five days before our first lamb of the year “could” arrive according to the 148 days universally accepted as the length of sheep gestation, and at least 8 or 10 days before we expected the first […]

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Peaceful lambing, peaceful lamb

Peaceful lambing, peaceful lamb

One day and several hours’ sleep after I watched a Soay lamb born in the moonlight, I captured this tranquil scene. Not a picturesque background, I admit. It is a jug, after all. But what a calm mother and baby. And it turns out this little guy will be a breeder for us one day […]

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Soay lambing by moonlight: echoes of the St. Kilda islands

2:15 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012, just came in from a magical two hours with our pregnant ewes. Steve and Shawn both turned in early after a couple of really busy days – six lambings on Tuesday and seven yesterday – so I agreed to take the 9pm to midnight lamb checks. At 10:00 all […]

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Why raise Soay sheep?  To enjoy lambing, among other things

Why raise Soay sheep? To enjoy lambing, among other things

Last week when lambing finally began, our friends Kathy and Jim called and asked to come see the first arrivals, a set of twins from our ewe Lilly J born overnight.¬†Hearing and seeing their reactions to the lambs reminded us once again how lucky we are to be able to raise these fetching and historically […]

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