The little ram, Friar, was busier than he appeared to be last winter. He was put in with the ewe lambs, and the other Babydoll Southdown ewes. Three of the ewes did conceive but the other did not. One had a lamb that was too large for her and it died being born, but the other two, Anna and Johnston are well and lively. But Little Red, a very tiny Icelandic, Shetland and a little Barbados cross, had a Babydoll lamb, and two of the Jacob ewe lambs also had Babydoll lambs, so there are five of them in total. They are cute, cute, cute! but not as cute as little Anna, the lamb for which I was the midwife and her mother rejected. Maybe I should not take up midwifery if it drives the mothers away? I am planning to continue with the Babydoll Southdowns and Jacobs only and the crosses are amazingly adorable too. Next year, the Jacob ewes will have a new ram if I find one, so they will all be bred Jacob. The Southdowns have extremely fine downy fleece that stays relatively free of vegetative matter because it is so tight. Jacobs have fine fleece as well and I am curious as to what the cross fleece will be like. I guess I will know in the spring next year. In the meantime, I am enjoying those teddy bear lambs immensely, they are so sweet.
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