Karakul Lambing

It’s spring so it must be lambing time! My friends Kathy and Hamid have Karakul sheep. This is the farm my sheep used to live at until we got our farm. I’m not over there as much any more but had to make a stop when I heard that lambing had started.  I only took photos in the barn of the newest arrivals – some ewes and their lambs had already been turned out to pasture.

Most of the ewes this year were bred to Onyx, a black ram, so they are getting a lot of black lambs.This ewe, however, produced a silver lamb and a black one.

Here’s a close up of the little silver girl.

Another color of lamb is a reddish gold.

She will probably grow more “oatmeal” as she gets older and the black lambs will go to silver.

Look at these beautiful little fleeces! Karakul lambs have very curly fleeces where they are young. Karakul sheep have double coated fleeces and are very good for making rugs.

Time for a lunch break.

Being a lamb is hard work so lots of rest is required! One of the little black ewe lambs will be joining our flock this spring – not sure which one yet. I’ll let you know when we figure it out. She will go to silver so that will make a nice contrast to Quentin’s oatmeal fleece.

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  1. Jackie, these little lambs and their fleeces are stunningly beautiful! —Mary H

    • Yes, aren’t they?! I wish the curl stayed but, if shorn regularly (twice a year), their fleeces are very nice. We are getting a black lamb as she will go silver. Quentin was red and went oatmeal so those will be nice contrasting colors to work with. We are also getting a lilac Jacob so two new lambs this year!


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