Lambing

umbrella category for everything about lambing (at least that I can think of)

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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The final tally on the Soay lamb gender split

The final tally on the Soay lamb gender split

It could have been worse. The better news? All the lambs are robust and cute and cavorting around the play yard, and it doesn’t get much better than that in the shepherd’s world. Here’s hoping your lambing season was as rewarding and fun as ours was! [table th=”0″ colalign=”center|center|center|center|center|center|center”] 2014 Saltmarsh Ranch British Soay Lamb […]

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How to Get More Ewe Lambs:  Could Monty Hall Beat Mother Nature in the Gender Lottery?

How to Get More Ewe Lambs: Could Monty Hall Beat Mother Nature in the Gender Lottery?

No sooner had I first posted about the ewe/ram lamb coin toss than my brother Jim started firing off emails to me on the finer points of odds-making, including an old game show involving cars and goats. Ordinarily I would ignore anything that concerned goats rather than sheep, but I decided to throw down a […]

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Week 4 of the Soay lamb gender split: better but still not good

Remember the notion that the larger the dataset for lambs, the more likely the split will hover around 50%? And the corollary that as the dataset grows, the percentage of ewe lambs should move towards 50% whether it started above or below that figure? Here are the numbers for Week 4: [table th=”0″ colalign=”center|center|center|center|center|center|center”] 2014 […]

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The Soay lamb gender coin toss in action

Not long after I put up the post about gender odds in British Soay lambs, it was pointed out to me that since history is no predictor, what’s going on this year? So far, the numbers are not good, but it’s still early in the lambing season. I thought about putting a daily tabulation here, […]

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