Lamb triplets welcomed

Well, lambing started with a set of triplets!
All three were females so we are continuing on with increasing the female population at our farm.
I still find them amazing little creatures–they slide out of their mommas like a wet washcloth but within a few seconds they are shaking their little heads and trying to stand up!
The momma’s little tongue just looks like a humming bird’s wings as she is busy licking up her new family.
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We finally were able to make arrangements for Marlee to pick out her new rabbit over the weekend!
We now have a “Snoppy!” She (or maybe he as it’s too soon to know) is a white bunny, with grey ears and tail, pink eyes, and “exactly what Marlee wanted!”
Snoppy still is living in my house since she seems too small to start living in the big rabbit pen outside. She was spoiled and hauled around all weekend, and seemed to enjoy all the attention.
Aaron told us that if we found out she wasn’t a girl, we could come back and trade for one—and that was all good as we drove away. But it wasn’t too far down the road that they were wondering if maybe Clayton could just build us another cage if Snoopy turned out to be a male?
There also was a bit of controversy when it came time to go home and Snoopy had to stay in the country until she was a bit bigger and more trustworthy. But we managed to get through it.
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I’m normally pretty anal about keeping track of where I need to be and when, but I slipped up last week.
I had signed up for “Growing Your Farm Profits” and thought the course ran Thursday and Friday. But after driving fast (too fast) back to Emo after attending the skilled women’s luncheon on Thursday, I discovered the course didn’t start until Friday!
This then made me miss the work bee at the Stratton sales barn on Saturday!
Thankfully, my dad was able to take down a load of supplies and some lunch for all those who did take the time to show up!
I understand it was a very successful day and a lot of work was accomplished.
Our barn was built in 1960 by volunteers, and it is great that we are continuing to operate and maintain a successful market with volunteers and many good people in our district.
Thanks to those who took time out of their own day to attend!
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We vaccinated our whole herd this past weekend. I had helpers at my end of the process that were three, five, six, and eight years old (they were in charge of handing over the needles and had to keep them in a certain order).
The cow and yearlings received three shots so the fourth kid just had an empty syringe, which was fine until about six cows were through the chute and she discovered that she was “empty,” so we had to do some switching around.
It was a bit slower perhaps on my end but it is well worth taking the time with these young minds to teach and promote our great industry!
We allowed them to do some cattle-handling techniques with the calves—we don’t need a border collie with all our young helpers!

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