Smali Flock – Lambing 2012


in Conservation Grazing

It’s such a busy time of year for us and so exciting as our ewes finally produce beautiful lambs and the long slog of winter pays off.

So far we have three sets of twins and they are all very different. The beauty of Shetlands is that you really never know what you are going to get; they come in a great variety of colours and patterns. The colour variations all have names, many of them harking from the breed’s Old Norse roots.

This year we used a brown, or “moorit” to use the Old Norse term, tup (the Cumbrian word for Ram). However, the colour genes carried by the mother also influence how the young turn out.

Lambing may require a great deal of dedication and involve long, unsociable hours but it is all worth it when we see these little beauties boinging around the fields!

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