... There's this stupid Internet phenomenon of posting the word, "First!" in the comments below a 'blog post. Well, if Howling Hill Farm Babies 2017 was a 'blog post, and these lambs were so inclined, they'd get to post it.
These were actually born two days ago, but their maiden mom, a Babydoll Southdown ewe named Salt, needed a little bit of help learning mothering, and so I held off posting them. She's now figured it out beautifully, though, so here they are. These are our first lambs by their sire, spotted Babydoll Southdown ram Ike. They didn't get the spots (not surprisingly, as I believe the gene to be recessive), but they do have a white spot on their foreheads which I believe to indicate that they carry the spotting gene. Oh, and did I mention that these are twin ewe lambs?
Well, um, yeah!
Cria herd health yesterday = cria spring fiber photos! Yesterday was the perfect day for it -- cold, crisp, sunny. I was pretty happy overall with what I saw yesterday, but I was especially happy with the Vivanno cria. Notice the similarity between the last three fleece pictures ... Those are all sired by the same guy (AML El Duro's Vivanno), and out of dramatically different dams (and there is a fourth that looks just like that whose pictures didn't come out great). They all look pretty much the same, too. That is prepotency. (And would you believe that Vivanno was the first herdsire I ever bought, without knowing much of a danged thing about alpacas? ... I know how to do my on-the-fly research, though ...)
Your 'blogmaster (K) offers her sincere apologies for the lack of updates. A combination of "ongoing life events" and, you know, that whole winter thing wound up ganging up on me, and the end result is that we have yet to see a 'blog post for the entire year of 2017, and it's now the middle of March.
... Well, the spell is broken, for I now bring you: Updated cria pictures!
First lambs are due around the end of this month. Expect more cute baby animal pictures in the near future.
K writes this stuff, for some reason that has yet to become apparent.