Maybelle Carter trying to stand for first time

Tanya Tucker, our Gotland Finn ewe who was bred to our Shetland ram Lewis, finally lambed this morning.  Above is her first lamb Maybelle Carter trying to stand for the first time.  Below the second lamb Tammy Wynette is just born, and Maybelle is figuring out how to nurse.

both lambsHere they both are working on nursing.

both nursing

They are both variations of HST in the Shetland world, but Wynette is more spotted and Maybelle is more classic HST.  Here is Wynette getting licked still.

Tammy Wynette getting licked

And here she is just being cute.

Tammy Wynette

The plan was to raise these lambs for meat.  But Tom and I have already determined they are way too cute for that.  So much for being tough farmers.  So if a previous reliable sheep purchaser would like one of them we would be willing to sell her as a fiber animal.  Otherwise we will keep them ourselves.  So congratulations Tanya and Lewis, and happy birthday to Maybelle and Wynette!

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6 Responses to Lambs!

  1. Liz says:

    Wonderful! All babies and mamas should be born knowing how to nurse!
    They are adorable and you guys have the most creative names ever!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Liz! You are right about nursing, but it does not always work out. They are cute, aren’t they? The naming was the easy part.

  2. Denise says:

    congrats! such cuteness! so tempted!

    • Donna says:

      Hi Denise! I was thinking of you when I commented about the reliable previous sheep purchasers. One of them would certainly have different wool than your current sheep. And only $100! Gotlands tend to be friendlier than the average Shetland too (Diddley being an exception).

  3. Leigh says:

    They are so cute! I’ve felt the same way about eating some of our goats. Then they grow up to become real pains in the patoot. Very easy to change your mind then, LOL

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