There was an exceptionally high rate of triplets this spring. While not impossible for a ewe to raise all three, it is definitely a strain on her and her lambs. Shepherds at the two big flocks around here will routinely pull off one of the three and put them on a "lamb bar". The Training Center keeps theirs at home and Final Frontier sends them to Foxglove Farm.
If that speckled lambie looks familiar, you have seen her before :-).
For some reason, this group of lambs would only nurse one side of the bucket, fighting over two nipples with four more free...if they'd just move around. Nancy couldn't figure out why. I should check back to see if they ever did.
The first thing you learn at Lamb Camp is how to take a bottle. This tiny lamb was from a set of quads and Kathy suspected they were a bit premature. I saw them the day they were born and you could have held this one in one hand. She stayed on her momma an extra couple of days to make sure she got a really good start and she's up and running!
"Hey, it's my turn!"
"I SAID, it's MY turn!"
"It's not your turn yet."
"Now it's your turn." :-)
"Can I have another turn?"
What all the stylish shepherds are wearing. Well, Nancy's probably the only stylish shepherd I know. Actually, I guess we all have a style...but I doubt in involves bright white socks ;-).