Our first two lambs of the year were to my top producer Pansy - a healthy boy and girl. She is a pro at mothering, but didn't seem to know how to cope with the livestock guardian dog (LGD) who had kidnapped her two babies. The LGD LOVED them so much and felt protective ... must protect these little things from the big sheep. The guardians have to learn that babies and adults are on the same time and are the same creature. She didn't pick up on that last year.
I LOVE and HATE baby season, and it's in full swing here on our farm. Here is one little piece of evidence for my feelings, our gorgeous little black lamb we named Dandelion Dahliasdottir, born one week ago. She's small and spunky, looks just like her mom except more compact, and her mom is weirded out by letting her nurse. So, we isolated them together with plenty of shelter, food, and water. Her mom Dahlia still wasn't feeling it and Dandelion has become a bottle baby.
Isn't she cute? She's super sweet and loves all the attention we give her. Without careful watching, we would have lost her.
Wife to Brandon, mother to Tess and Liam, farmer, entrepreneur, cook & baker, nurse, and accountant who loves to try new things, travel, and work toward greater self-reliance.