Renewal on the Farm

by Fawn Rechkemmer on April 30, 2015

By Jennifer Allen

After winter’s cold, short days, I am always eager to welcome spring with the warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours and baby lambs. Lambing season started for us March 8. We have about 60 head of crossbred ewes that we raise for meat and wool. In addition to sheep, we also raise cattle, hogs, and chickens in North Central Missouri. Our farm is a family affair with everyone helping out where they can.

newborn lambThis newborn lamb was peaking around her mama; she was only a few hours old when I took this picture. The lamb below was sound asleep while his mama grazed nearby.

sleeping lamb

Baby Lamb in grassThis lamb above is right at a month old and already is considerably larger than when he was born. Lambs grow quickly, especially the first few months of life and with the warm weather and frequent rains. The grass is growing quickly which helps the ewes  to milk well and that in turn helps the lambs to grow quickly.

For us, the promise of a successful future starts as each of those lambs are born and continues as they grow. Some of the lambs will become the next generation of breeding stock, while others will be sold as market lambs. Our flock is renewed each spring as the next generation is born. Amazing as it seems, a ewe can safely have her first lamb(s) when she is one year old. The ewe lambs that we retain to put in our flock will actually give birth next spring.

Jennifer Allen was raised on a family farm in North Missouri.  She graduated from of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in Animal Science and is passionate about sustainable agriculture and her family.  She blogs about faith, family, farm life and homeschooling at Faithful Homestead.

Mary Masterson May 1, 2015 at 7:57 pm

That lamb is so cute!! Thank you for sharing

Terri Steffes May 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Eek! How stinking adorable!! I love the photo of the baby looking around his mama. Too adorable for words!

Gna September 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm

So cute!! Little lambs are so sweet! :) I want one!

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