Bringing ewes and lambs in to the sheep corrals.
We made the decision to sell the lamb crop early this year. Normally, we sell them in late August, but this year with the lack of water and grass, and because the lambs appeared to be so big and heavy, we decided to sell. We sorted the lambs off the ewes and then sorted the wethers from the ewe lambs. The last sort was for our replacement ewe lambs. We always keep back about 50 ewe lambs or so to replace any cull ewes that we will remove from the herd in the fall. This year we sorted off 55 ewe lambs to keep in the herd. They're sure pretty ewes.
The thing about crops is that there are so many variables in nature that you can't always count on a "good crop" every single year. This year the lamb crop was amazing. The hay crop was minimal due to lack of rain and lots of heat. The calf crop is looking good so far. We'll see how they look by weaning time. The veggie gardens production is yet to be seen. There is hope, but I don't think it'll be a great garden year unless we get rain. There's still time, so we do what we can do and wait to see how it all shakes out.
The farmer/rancher is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways. ~John F. Kennedy