First 2013 lambs and first salads

The ewe is attentive to her new lambs, licking them off and 'talking' to them. The lambs are about 3 hours old.

The ewe is attentive to her new lambs, licking them off and ‘talking’ to them. The lambs are about 3 hours old.

Just found the first lambs of my 2013 crop in the barn this morning. The male weighs 10 lbs. and the female 8 lbs. Their mom is doing a good job getting them started in life. That is the critical element in the survival of my lambs: the quality of the mother and her milk. A good mother will lick off her lambs and “talk” to them immediately. This stimulates the lambs to stand up and look for milk. The first milk, or colostrum, is essential for the well-being of the lambs.

We have been having our first salads of the year from this kitchen garden of spinach and lettuce. I planted these vegetables in late March when the soil was still partially frozen.

We have been having our first salads of the year from this kitchen garden of radishes, spinach and lettuce. I planted these vegetables in late March when the soil was still partially frozen.

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