Lambing in the fall instead of spring fits our household calendar, our sometimes drought prone summer pastures and our desire to market Easter lamb.
Into middle age, with adult children living out of town and with interests that take us adventuring, the flock must be “leave-able”. Lambing season, when I stay close to the barn, dovetails well with projects that we tackle during our mild fall weather.
On our thin soil, our pasture regrowth usually slows in mid-summer, especially in dry years. By breeding the ewes in early summer, when the grass is lush and finishing the ewes’ pregnancies on the more robust fall regrowth, we can take advantage of the growing cycles of our pasture plants.
And finally, lamb is a traditional meat for spring holidays. As a seller, I have more options for marketing if I am prepared to sell finished lamb in early spring.
With flock management practices in place to boost our success, we begin our first fall lambing season.