Happy New Year from MLWPA!

08 Jan
January 8, 2013

Fortunately the Mayans were wrong and we are still here tending to our sheep. My 2013 lambing season began a week early. The ewe developed pregnancy toxemia, went down and consumed little feed. Her water bag was out 7 days before her due date, and in her weakened state I had to pull both lambs. Despite my best efforts, it didn’t turn out well. Some of my more positive shepherding friends have pointed out that since these lambs were technically born in 2012, I should proclaim that the 2012 lambing season ended poorly, and look for the 2013 lambing season┬áto begin successfully when my next ewe lambs (due Jan. 14).

In the spirit of positivity (especially now that Congress has “saved us from the fiscal cliff”[insert sarcastic tone here]), I will look forward to better lamb prices for 2013, and strong demand for quality breeding stock. Perhaps more importantly to all of our bottom lines is a good crop year to take some pressure off of feed prices. I don’t know about you, but it seems like the more expensive hay gets, the more of it my sheep eat…

Wishing all of you the best of luck in the upcoming lambing season. (As always, the MLWPA board welcomes and encourages your input on how we can better serve MN’s sheep industry.)

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