On Friday I found Jeepers and her daughter Alma dead in the barn. Jeepers was bleeding from the mouth and it looks like the breeding ram Ironwood killed them. They were both healthy less than two hours before, I have no other explanation.
He was getting more and more aggressive with the humans and the ewes so the plan was to remove him on Saturday – I was a day too late. I have never read about this type of behavior occurring yet there can be no other explanation.
The atmosphere around the ewes was oppressive with Ironwood in there, I’m not sure that any of the breeding’s with the four remaining ewes took. There may be no lambs this Spring. In the girls current condition I am afraid to introduce the clean-up ram, they seemed depressed with the loss of their leader (Jeepers).
The four ewes remaining are mother daughter pairs. I only have two blood lines left, it makes me sad. Introducing new blood into the flock would be the easy solution except that the breed isn’t readily available.
What is one lost breeding season? I was hoping to have 9 lambs this Spring to add to my existing 6 ewes, now I have four ewes and possibly no lambs, a lost season is a lifetime. I am pondering waiting to see if I get any lambs, or I could change over to Icelandic’s or Jacob’s, or maybe I’ll just expand the goat herd. It is hard brightening up a fading dream, but I’m not going to give up.