I was expecting just one more ewe to lamb this year, the last of the Soays in the field with Muga. This she duly did a couple of days ago, giving us another boy lamb. Aha, thought I, our lambing season is at a close, with twenty four lambs all told. A pretty good result all told, though we’ve had higher losses than ever before.
But it was not all over. I went into the OAP field, and spotted that one of the Soay ewes seemed to have a singleton lamb. Having just spotted one, I thought maybe she was on the other side of the fence, or that there was a hole? No. She was in fact a different ewe. With our twenty-fifth lamb. This of course makes me a little worried. If she as pregnant, then perhaps there are others in that field? Perhaps my not-quite-a-full-ram had been more successful than I thought.
This morning I caught both lambs to check them. The one in with the OAPs was fast. Very very fast, and it took my five minutes and a lot of running to catch him. At least I dont have to do any other exercise today!
So (so far) we have twenty five lambs, fourteen boys, and eleven girls.