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Surprise Lamb Born During Slaughter Season

The sheep farmers at Reynihlíd by Mývatn in northeast Iceland were surprised to find that the winter-old ewe 09421 gave birth to a lamb on September 20, shortly after it had been recovered from the mountains—lambing season is usually in the spring.


Rams by Mývatn. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The fall, on the other hand, is slaughter season. “They will both live,” the ewe’s owner Dadi Lange told Morgunbladid.

“The lamb needs its mother and the ewe has good genes, it was fathered by the ram Grábotni which was sold by the farm to an insemination facility,” Lange explains.

The lamb is a beautiful black ram, which looks a bit off in the new winter snow. Winter has arrived after a mild autumn in the northeast. The roads have already been cleared once and the temperature has dropped to -8°C (18°F).

The farmers at Reynihlíd sent 440 lambs to the Nordlenska slaughterhouse this fall with the average weight of 18.4 kilos, which makes this an exceptionally good slaughter season. Other farmers in the area are also satisfied with the results.

Tomorrow, the first day of winter, a celebration known as Slaegjufundur will be held in Skjólbrekka, the local community center, as has been practiced in the Mývatnssveit district since 1898.

Click here to read more about first day of winter celebrations and here to read more about the first snowfall this winter.

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