It was our turn for cold and wet weather and from the start of the morning yesterday I was sure we were in for a dreary day of lambing all around. Rain showers during lambing are not much to be concerned about, but colder temperatures and wind, along with rain that doesn’t let up, is trouble.
Disturbing new lambs in cool, wet weather isn’t necessary so I elected to leave them alone even though it puts me behind with tagging and ringing. One can always catch lambs at a later date, even if you have to change your process to do so, but new lambs have only a limited time to get a belly full of warm milk and settled next to mom for warmth. As I traveled the pasture I could see ewes and lambs had done just that, minus one lamb who had not. Much better to leave them alone then.
The days saving grace was the rain was light, the temps stayed above zero and we had a few hours of sunshine reprieve mid afternoon. Just what young lambs born into this day needed. I took this next photo because the sunshine was so wonderful and needed, I did not pay any attention to the church in the background as it’s a couple miles away as the crow flies, more than three miles by trail and road. I did not even see the church while taking photos so it was a surprise to see the church in the photo on the computer - the days saving grace indeed.
Two lambs were brought in to the milk pail, and two died. It feels like we got through by the skin of our teeth but skin of our teeth or no it’s a welcome and satisfying feeling. The wind remains with us, however, this evening was a golden one, full of brilliant sunshine and running lambs.