I've been researching the best way to feed my lil bum lambs once they are weaned from milk. Powdered milk replacer is so expensive, that I am determined to get my bummies on solid feed ASAP. Last year I made a feed mixture of molasses-sweetened rolled corn/oats/barley plus some soybean meal and alfalfa pellets. The lambs really liked the sweetened part of the mix, but didn't like the rest of it so much. So far, I think that alfalfa hay will be my number one feed along with sweet COB (corn/oats/barley) and possibly some rolled soybeans. The key is high protein. Green weeds and grass will be their mainstay when it begins to warm up.
We've been blessed, so far, to have excellent weather for lambing. Last year we fought deep snow and sub-zero temperatures and lambing season was hard, hard, hard. This year it is still a big job with all the multiples, but we don't have the weather to fight ...yet. The weatherman is predicting snow and cold for us yet this week. We shall see what transpires.
The hens are laying nicely. Today I gathered 11 eggs. Is there anything prettier than a bucketful of eggs? Maybe a basketful of eggs!
Well, my afternoon coffee break is over. My cup is empty, and my lemon cloud pie is ate up. Time to tidy up my house and get ready to check the ewes. Then it will be time to feed the bummies and put the ewes and lambs inside the sheds for the night. We're expecting snow after midnight tonight.