Hooray! Leslie finally had her lambs yesterday - Friday morning. I didn't have time to post about them yesterday but I'm catching up now. She had two beautiful lambs - a white ram lamb and a black ewe lamb.
Udderly EZ Milker! I don't usually do "product endorsements" on this blog, but I have to say that this tool is a really useful and convenient addition to my little bag of farm tricks. I would recommend it to anyone who may need to milk a sheep or goat on a regular basis, but who doesn't want the hefty price tag of a full milking system. The hand-held pump just slips over the teat, the user pumps with a lever a few times, and a vacuum is created. The milk begins to flow into an attached bottle and when the flow subsides, one just pumps another time or two. It's incredibly easy as long as the animal will stay still, or is being held.
Once I had milked out Leslie, her udder was smaller and the teats were higher up, enabling the lambs to nurse more easily. I hope they will get the idea now, so that even if her udder fills heavily, they know where to find the milk. We did feed the lambs the milked out portion because it shouldn't go to waste, and they eagerly took it from a bottle.
Oooh look! A one-headed, two-bodied lamb! Haha!