3 April 2009

We've just had a surprise lamb "thanks" to the Cameroon Ram !

His mum is one of ewes from our flock which has just finished lambing.

Unfortunately she was mauled by a dog when she was only a few weeks pregnant and she lost her lamb. We brought her up nearer the house to cut around the wounds and clean them up and it was more convenient for us to keep her up here to dress the sores and make sure that she wasn't bothered by flies.
Cameroon sheep
We put her in the same field as our Cameroon sheep and we didn't think she'd come into season for a while yet because she was in such a sorry state.

Well this little fellow is the result ! He's a first cross we've had with our Cameroons and he is really very pretty with a good strong body and lovely soft curly hair.

Cameroon sheep cast their wool and don't need shearing. They are very hardy and are out in all weathers (by choice) and help us to clean up the land after the Angora goats have been on it. It will be interesting to see what happens to his fleece if we decide to keep him for a while.

Surprise lamb - a cross with a Cameroon Ram

9 comments:

Eco Gites of Lenault said...

He's lovely - I wonder if he will shed his coat too?

Rosie x

La Ferme de Sourrou said...

It would be interesting to find out Rosie, but we'd have to wait 'till next spring and we haven't decided what to do with him yet.

We always wait until the cute lambs are bigger to decide. Whatever his fate, he'll be castrated with a rubber tomorrow morning. :-(

Anonymous said...

oh...you have to keep him. he is very special. a surprise from nature!!!! he belongs with you...joyce

dND said...

He does look so cute, bet he hasn't a clue as to what you have in store for him today!

Eco Gites of Lenault said...

"ouch"!!

Rosie x

detroit dog said...

Oh, I do hope you decide to keep him. He's such a beauty -- and a surprise gift!

MrsL said...

Lovely photos - great top one! Will await more progress reports too, very interesting. Lovely looking lamb. :)

Sheep envy here. Again LOL

MrsL

xx

Deborah said...

What an absolutely beautiful lamb. His markings are stunning!

tansy said...

he is adorable!

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