The very first HST Shetland in the Bluff Country was Sheepy Hollow Zorro ~ a ram lamb that I purchased in 2001 from Nancy & Jerome Larson, of Sheepy Hollow Shetlands, in Wisconsin. Yesterday, Zodiak (a Zorro daughter) wrapped up the 2009 lambing season with the birth of twin ram lambs. Nice, big, healthy boys!
There was a bit of a scare before the first lamb was born. Zodiak had gone into the barn where she'd been pawing and straining for some time. I left her be and checked on her every now and then. Finally, she passed her water bag and a few contractions later, a nose. JUST a nose. No toes.
Now, I'm a very competent shepherd when everything goes smoothly with my sheep. But I tend to
Fortunately, I only had to put my fingers in around the head to find a front foot. I gave a gentle tug and found the other. The big, black, ram lamb slid out easily. "Holy lambing, Batman! That was scary!" I named him Batman.
Zodiak set to work, cleaning up her son and I decided that, since it was a gloriously warm and sunny day, I'd rather she delivered the next lamb outside. I hate the mess of lambing in the barn! It was so much nicer for Zodiak to clean him up on the clean, fresh grass than in the dirty, mucky stall she'd just given birth in. OK ~ it's not really dirty but all that yuck sticks to the lamb and the ewe has to lick it all off!
The other ewes gathered around to welcome (through the fence) the new arrivals. I did slide Batman out from under Zodiak when she laid right on him as she was pushing his twin into this world. Wow! What a twin. Zodiak's second lamb is a black and white, HST with perfect markings! I'm going to name him after his Grandsire. Zorro.
I don't have to tell you how gorgeous Zorro is. Look for yourself:
He is literally minutes old in this picture!
"BLUFF COUNTRY BATMAN"
I decided that since this could, quite possibly be the last year that I breed (unless I get my numbers WAY down), it would only be fitting to name Zodiak's son after the ram that started it all...
"BLUFF COUNTRY ZORRO"
I am SO glad that lambing is over!