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April 23, 2012

We have had four sets of quads this year. That is highly unusual, and not a good thing. One ewe died, along with three of her newborn lambs; the fourth lamb we grafted onto another ewe. Two ewes had two dead and two surviving lambs. And one ewe is nursing all four tiny lambs — now that is a miracle.

The key to successful quads is having all four lambs the same small size. That way they can compete with each other evenly for milk. Usually one lamb is big, one tiny, and two in the middle. Often that many lambs in one ewe depletes her and the babies of too many nutrients.

Here are some older lambs we moved to the back lot in the sunshine. (That’s our overgrown alfalfa behind them.)

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