It was time to sort the lambs once again. Our plan was to sell the peewee lambs and the cull ewe lambs at a Special Ewe Lamb Replacement Sale this week at our local sheep sale barn, but when Hubs talked to the manager, he said the market was really sour and since he knew what our good, big ewes looked like, he felt it would be a mistake to bring them in and get paid very little for them. So Hubs and NumberOneSon made the decision that we would sell the peewee lambs only and keep all of the good ewe lambs this year. Normally we keep about 50 replacement ewe lambs to put into the herd to replace the old ewes that we've culled. Instead we are keeping 105 ewe lambs and selling 36 mixed lambs and 2 old cob ewes at the sale barn. The wether lambs (104 head) were sold back in August (16th) when the market was decent, but still half the prices of last year. It was a good move.
The bucks were turned into the mature ewes (172 head) on Friday, September 14th. That means we'll start having baby lambs around February 11, 2013. All these figures and dates are very important to us, therefore they go into Hubby's livestock diary (Red Book) and my Ranchwife Journal here on Gumbo Lily. You can't believe how many times I have clicked back on my blog to check dates or to get livestock numbers.