This past Friday Jesse and Alice went to a "back to farm auction" in hopes of picking up some new sheep. Jesse was brave taking a two year old to a livestock auction, but it was a successful night. The next morning we were ready to welcome the sheep to the barn.
Alice wore an appropriate barn outfit....... don't argue with a toddler when they pick out their clothes. (If you look close, you can see her shoes are on the wrong feet!)
I peered into the trailer to find these three cuties looking back at me. These are Suffolk ewes, they were all born in January 2015, and have been with a buck for the past few months. They are potentially bred with an unknown lambing date..... Have I even mentioned how much I LOVE surprises?
Suffolk sheep have an all black "smooth" face. Our last buck was a Hampshire, and his offspring have a bit more wool on their face, we refer to them as The Fuzzies. Below is 22, a 2014 Fuzzy.
Before it got too hot it was time to get the new sheep into the barn. Bixler welcomed the ewes as soon as we got the trailer door opened.
Our other ewes were VERY curious as to who was coming into their barn.
One of the new ladies meeting Erik, our current buck. He is also a Suffolk.
The new girls will be isolated from our current group for a few weeks. We want to ensure that they do not break with any sickness from the sale barn before mixing them in the large ewe pen. Then they will be mixed in and turned out to pasture with Eric in October.
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