AUCKLAND TOURS AUCKLAND SHEEP FARM LAMBS 2012
LAMBS ARE HERE for 2012
It’s August, and our sheep are having their babies! Despite the very wet weather, lambing season here at Auckland’s Coast to Coast Tours sheep farm is going fairly well. This year, we are seeing quite a bit of black-colouring coming through into our lambs…
Check-out these cuties!
True, they are cute (an I love black sheep!), but did you know, black wool is a big “NO-NO” on a wool-producing sheep farm like ours!
That being so, people are asking; “Where does the black-colouring come from?”
You see, originally (back in time), sheep were BLACK [which was the dominant gene].
Man has selectively-bred the white sheep (for the wool industry), but the black gene is still forever present in the white sheep. Black wool often appears as a freckle or patch, and every-so-often a full black lamb is born.
We are going to have to be extremely careful at shearing times, so as not to “contaminate” our white wool with any black wool fibres!
(Imagine white wool being made into a light coloured product, and fibres from black wool get mixed in
…the product will be rejected!).
Meet “Princess Lambina” (Oh, what a name!!),
– but such a wee thing that was on death’s door
and had to be fed via a tube for 2 days, is deserving of a little status!!!
She’s growing very nicely now, and has teamed-up with “Herc”, (a super-giant lamb …same age!!)
we have been nursing as well.
Currently, (and this could likely increase!) we have 18 lambs on-the-bottle… (Yes…this is now 22 )
With us needing to bottle-feed them (at least) 4 times a day, this is keeping us rather busy!!!
Why have we accumulated so many lambs this year?
- The weather has been good (so none have died),
- We are not “over-stocking” (carrying too many sheep on the land),
- The sheep are in very good condition, (there is plenty of food),
- Some mothers are having triplets, and can only cope with 2…(sheep only have two nipples on their udder).