Cheese Underground visits Hidden Springs Creamery during lambing
Some people want a party bus and an ice luge for their 40th birthday, but Jeanne Carpenter of Cheese Underground wanted to hang out with some newborn lambs. So she did:
We arrived late afternoon, just in time for transporting the 11 lambs born that morning to an Amish neighbor's farm, as Brenda had run out of clean stalls (this occasionally happens when you have 275 moms giving birth to an average of twins in a 30-day period). Another 75 ewes will lamb in May, giving Brenda a longer milking season, and thus more milk to make cheese later into the season.
How do you transport newborn lambs, you ask? You pick them up from their stalls, carry them to the farm pick-up, carefully place them in tubs in the cab, and carry the extras on your lap. It's amazing how warm, snuggly and quiet a newborn lamb is - I think the one I was holding in my lap for the 3-mile ride may have actually fallen asleep after it pooped on me.