Sunnyside's newest occupants!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Recently we purchased 100 merino/border leicester cross ewes to add to the menagerie of animals here at Sunnyside.  We did this to replace the ewes we sold in July (oh & sorry I forgot to blog about them, but we were able to sell them with 128% pregnancy rate - you guessed it, we had lots of twins expected in that flock).  As much as we would love to repeat that pregnancy rate (& if you're wondering how we know, well we actually get each ewe ultrasounded), we know that realistically it probably won't happen again.  But then again you never know with the water round here...






Our friend picked them up in his truck. Dave & Zai had gone over to his farm to help.  As he was driving past the house, the horn kept sounding - I thought "Wow - he certainly is over-enthusiastic with that horn".  
My questions were answered when down hopped Zai from the truck cab!   



 We put the lambs in the back paddock where as you can see the feed is phenomenally long.  We probably should have cut it for hay, but because we still have plenty of hay, we decided to leave it (we still think it may not have been the best decision, but that's what we did - we're still learning after all this is the first year we've had decent rainfall since we moved here). It is still rather difficult to pick the lambs out in the pasture when we check on them, but we sure are thankful for the abundant pastures this year!  

And if you're wondering....  we're hoping to fatten them & either sell them or breed them to drop second cross lambs!

With thankfulness,

14 comments:

Saminda said...

Wow, I can't imagine the excitement of purchasing 100 ewes!!! :D How wonderful. And all those wildflowers are just beautiful. xx

Homeschool on the Croft said...

Looks good! And all these twins! Really MUST be something in the water. I know my brother-in-law would love a 128% increase.
I feel the warmth of your weather in the photos too, Renata......ooooooh, feels good! x

Grandma said...

Zai is looking all grown up and very proud of the newest Sunnysiders....however, I was expecting to see the feathered ones.......The purple flowers look lovely, however, are they a pest or not????? Our local library has 'weed of the month' and guess what, nearly every month, we have it...even our mock orange tree is classified as a weed!!! unbelievable...oh well! Our weed crop is growing magnificently with all the rain....lol....Love to everybody at Sunnyside, love Mum xxxxxxxxxxxx

Smilie girl said...

Sweet lambs.
How good is that lovely long feed?
And is ultrasounding sheep considerably more tricky than people? I'm thinking so.

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

The farm is expanding!!! Making those difficult decisions are never easy.
Bet there was ALOT of honky if there was a little boy pulling the strap!! lol

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Gee that picture of them in the long pasture looks great!

debi9kids said...

OMGosh! The photos are beautiful! and such a blessing to your family. (I'm loving the pretty & high feed.)

ps If I haven't said it lately, thank you for all of your prayers over these past few months. They have meant the world to me.

Jenn said...

Beautiful photos...Wow, that field is gorgeous and all those lambs, how wonderful is that!

Linda Stubbs said...

Hi Renata..............so nice to hear from you yesterday!!!! I must say the dark days were the darkest we have ever experienced! To raise your precious children.......we thought if we just taught the word........and they accepeted it that it would last forever..........well truly it did, but there was a huge detour for our son..........but the wonderful gift from the Lord was our son did have the word of GOD hidden in his heart and the Holy Sprit would remind him again and again........even in his sin. God is so faithful and just keep praying for your situation. God never ever fails his children. Pray, pray, pray!!!!!!!!!! don't quit.......that is when the devil wins.

Hugs and Merry CHRISTmas sweet friend.......wish I could comment more often..........the work thing with my family is a blessing but very hard on this Keeper of the HOME!
Linda

the happy sparrow said...

Hi there Renata!! The sheep look cute! I love the flowers they happen to be wandering through too!
I hope you and the family are well! Love Martine

Nan said...

Merry Chrisrmas and Happy New Year 2011.

Best Wishes and Happiness.

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Linda said...

I'd be very impressed if a truck like that pulled up at my place.

Amy @ Homestead Revival said...

How fun to have so many cute ewes! Thanks so much for keeping us in your prayers. We are doing well and hope that things continue to be on the upside! We're really grateful for all our friends that have lifted us up to the Lord, including all our blog friends around the world!!! Hope your Christmas is absolutely wonderful! And I hope you capture many special memories with your children this season.

blessedmomto8 said...

WOW! That field is BEAUTIFUL!!! How exciting to have the new lambies! Is it warm there now? Looks like it! Snow expected here for Christmas eve! What a blessing! PS-do you drink the same water? LOL

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