After weeks of expecting a lamb at any moment, the season has begun with five dropping at once! Fathered by the late, great Damara x Dorper ram Pecorino (sheepish in all but his appetites, he came to an untimely end after over-doing it on lupins), these little crossbreeds have a distinct Damara bearing and appearance, with their floppy ears and dappled coats. While the alpacas typically have an adolescent aloofness, now that there are lambs about they’ve switched into vigilant mode, keeping a close eye on their young charges and leading the flock to water and fresh pasture.
After starting the flock with Wiltshire Horns, we found that this breed didn’t exactly relish our pre-treed (ie. open, windswept and exposed) environs, so we’ve started breeding the flock towards hardier, less selective grazers like the Dorper and Damara that also offer a yield in meat and hides. So with last year’s lambs being Wiltshire Horn x Dorper, these are all of the above, but mostly Dorper. As with virtually every aspect of this farming project, it’s an experiment!
HI S & J,
The those spotty looking lambs are pretty funny!! Whatever works best for your little corner of the world hopefully?!!. The fields are looking nice and green, i flew over your place the other weekend on one of those perfect sunny days and it was MAGIC, but you weren’t there i don’t think… I noticed you’d instagram a photo of #Ross the #Deathtrap tractor HaHa Hope it’s still working OK and you’ve managed to do get in some good slashing, now we just need abit more rain to keep the grass growing…
Keep the pic’s coming – catch you soon!
Hey Andrew, we’re hoping the green will last a little longer despite the onset of the heat, have to keep the good feed up for those lactating ewes! Ross is still cruising along, although the slasher is still a bit temperamental – thanks again for all your work wrangling it into working order. Hope to catch you again soon!