The hoggets - the not lambs anymore, not yet yearlings - are really growing out nicely. They are a very pretty group of young ladies.
We were lucky this year and had no breeding accidents involving the lambs, so they are all spending their days in a carefree manner, doing nothing more than growing strong bodies and beautiful wool.
Some of them are catching up with Bella (last year's 4-H market lamb) which is very pleasing. Bella (below left) is a Hampshire - Suffolk cross, a meat breed, bred to grow faster. We are really pleased that many of our wool breeds are pretty close to her in size. She is very beefy but her wool is only about 1 1/2 inches long while the other breeds' wool have grown 3 inches or more.
And these faces... oh my... they are so lovely... we could watch them all day long.