Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Welcome to the World, Jupiter

Jupiter, born around 7 am, Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Our first babes of the year have started to arrive here at the farm. Yesterday morning, after seeing sure signs of impending labor in Jazzmyn, I awoke to find her with her very newly born baby ram lamb. We named him Jupiter after deciding to use Jupiter and its moons for our guide in names this year. He and mama are doing wonderfully. I have been doing regular checks on them, making sure Jazz passed her placenta (I had to pull the water bag out for her).

Mom and baby right after he was born. Mom is still cleaning him off.
Jupiter is all black, with one white spot on his ear. He is rather tall, and weighed in at a whopping 10.5 pounds. Average for sheep of his breed is more around 7 pounds. Regular temp checks show him staying warm, and he is nursing pretty well, though his tall size has him lying down to be comfortable. Yay! Chryssy looks to be going soon, then we get a few weeks off while we wait for the goats to come to term.
His first attempt at nursing. He was having trouble finding the teat, but finally got it and really went to town.
Meeting the neighbors-Chewbacca, our goat buck is checking him out. Everyone seemed to be smitten with the little guy.
The spectator's section. They were outside munching snow while I worked the Jazz and Jupiter.

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