Minttu gave birth to two lambs this evening. We had prepared a lambing shed earlier that day, just in time! We kept out of the way and everything went really well. They were up and about fairly quickly afterwards, suckling and eventually exploring the pen. They will stay here for a few days and then we will let them into the fields. Minttu has a healthy appetite and is doing a great job taking care of them. One is completely black and the other is dark brown with a hint of a white star on her forehead.
So we start the summer with three sheep that we kept through the winter at a neighbour's farm, there were all originally from Jaana's farm. All three are pregnant and will be lambing soon. For Minttu (258) this is her third summer at Rosendal and she knows us well. I suspect she is carrying more than two lambs as she is very large (but I'm guessing - I have no idea). 283 is a large black ewe that I've decided to call Nigella (in the theme of herbs, Nigella is black cumin) and then there is a brown sheep, same age as 283. We don't usually name the sheep but make an exception for the ones we keep through the winter!
We also have three ewes from another farm where the owners needed extra space for their horses. These three are very tame and friendly: Lumi and her lamb Sabrina, and Sisu (an odd ball with white splodges on her face).
And.... it ain't over yet. We have a small flock of spring lambs coming over from a farm further west. They will be joining our girls at the end of this week