Season of Lambs

The month of March has again brought adorable additions to the estate: baby sheep. The annual "lambing" began on February 27 when the first new additions were born. Twenty ewes were pregnant this year, and as of March 20, we have 23 lambs. 

Mount Vernon raises Hog Island sheep, a rare breed that is native to Virginia and dates back to the 1600s.

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A lamb's hair is short when it is first born, becoming fluffier over the next few weeks.

See? Fluffy.

Most ewes give birth to 1-2 lambs, but this mother gave birth to triplets.

This little lamb's black wool will turn brown as it spends time outside.

Visit our new lambs and the rest of the animals at Mount Vernon!

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