Yesterday we trekked out to Nickerson, Nebraska, to pick up two Jacob ewe lambs. We are particularly interested in having rare breeds of livestock on our farm, so these fit with our philosophy very well. The American Livestock Breed Conservancy lists Jacob sheep as threatened. We chose our lambs from several available, and I'm really pleased with them. They both have the eye patches and black noses as in the standard. One has wool a little too far forward on her head, but that's not a big deal to us.
I just love the curly fleece on this one. She is so cute! No horn buds yet.
This one has the "puffier" head. She also is a little bit bigger. We can feel four horn buds on her!
I just couldn't stop snuggling these girls. They are so soft and sweet and they smell so lamby and new. They haven't had much handling so are not really thrilled with being snuggled (yet) but I will try to work with them and help them learn that we like to be able to handle our sheep. It's so much easier when it comes time for shearing or checking them over for any reason.
Not to be outdone in the cuteness department, Luna did her usual goatling leaps and bounds while I was playing with the lambs.
I also caught another sign of spring yesterday - the rabbits are out in force! I also saw a bluebird checking out my nest box estates, and the robins have been here for a couple of weeks already. I wish my grass would decide to turn green also. Right now, the yard is a quagmire after 2 days straight of rain. I think the ground is still partly frozen so it's not draining very quickly.
I captured a beautiful sunset the night before last here at Whispering Acres, so I'll sign off with that, and wish everyone a great day!