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.
This 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.