2014 Lambing Season Begins!
Long time sheep barn exhibitor, Joanne Martinis, has just started lambing. Joanne is in the Gotland upbreeding program (see Saturday, April 7, 2012 post). Each year she artificially inseminates her ewes in this program with 100% Gotland semen in the fall brought in from Sweden. Because she does this in early fall, her sheep start lambing in early February (sheep have a gestation period of about 5 months).
So far, Joanne has had three sets of lambs...two are twins and the other set are triplets. The twins are Joannes first lambs ever that are over 90% Gotland while the triplets are 84% Gotland. Congratulations Joanne for getting this far in the upbreeding program!
She also got a nice 50/50 mix of ewe lambs and ram lambs this year. I'm looking forward to seeing them at the fair this summer.