Over the past few months we've been busy with various jobs around the place including planting new hedges, preparing the vegetable garden, setting eggs, hatching chicks and awaiting the arrival of our first Hebridean lambs.
Back in the Summer of 2015 we purchased 'Brutus', a well put together Pedigree ram from a local breeder, and later in November we put our untested but rather dashing ram to our six ewes. Brutus set about doing his job with gusto and we waited for signs of pregnancy within the flock.
It turns out he did an absolutely splendid job and from six ewes we now have a further 9 ewe lambs and 2 ram lambs. Certainly a great result and more ewe lambs than we could have ever dreamt of. The lambs have all been given names now and are romping about in the fields chasing chickens and getting up to mischief.
The lambs are named as follows:
- Blackbrook Angelica's Annabella
- Blackbrook Angelica's April
- Blackbrook Aster's Astronomic
- Blackbrook Aquilegia's Alyssum
- Blackbrook Aquilegia's Apple Blossom
- Blackbrook Anemone's Allium
- Blackbrook Anemone's Artichoke
- Blackbrook Arisaema's Agapanthus
- Blackbrook Arisaema's Achillea
- Blackbrook Astrantia's Ammi
- Blackbrook Astrantia's Asparagus
Lambing was an easy affair (for us anyway) and was done and dusted within a week. The sheep have proven to be incredible mothers and we've only had one small lamb that's needed a little bit of our help to suckle.