Sunday, February 14, 2010

Beulah Delivers Twins !

Saturday morning brought a pleasant surprise to Grace Valley Farms! In the corner of our big sheep shed stood Beulah, guarding twin lambs! We were not sure when Beulah was bred, so we did not expect her to lamb this early. It is for this reason we perform routine checks of our lambing areas every few hours during lambing season!

Although Beulah is a first-time mother, she is doing great! Both lambs are readily drinking their milk; in fact, they seem to always nurse at the same time! We refer to this as "Beulah is giving a double-drink".

Both lambs are black. Some may find this interesting since Beulah is white-wooled. However, Edison, the father, has colored wool. His genetics influence the wool color (and other traits) of the children.

Dakota - 8 lbs. 13 oz.

Delores - 9 lbs. 1 oz.

Question: Dakota and Delores are three-quarters Romney and one-quarter Suffolk. How did this happen?

Answer: Beulah (Mommy) is half Romney and half Suffolk. Edison (Daddy) is 100% Romney.

1 comment:

stringplayer said...

Love seeing the babies and the different colors, and enjoy reading about the relations and genetics. I find it fascinating.