Don and Patty Hudson welcomed new lambs to their small farm, located south of Warrenton, in early March. 

Twelve females gave birth to a total of nine male and 12 female lambs. The Hudsons have been breeding sheep for the past eight or nine years, Don Hudson said. The sheep in their flock -- a mix of the Dorper, Katahdin and Barbados Black Belly breeds, all types of “hair sheep” -- are bred for their meat.  

One of the lambs, born on March 3, was rejected by his mother, which is not uncommon, said Hudson. A neighbor, Kelly Hall, bottle-fed the lamb, now affectionately known as Spanky, until he was strong enough to re-join the flock.

“When he’s hungry, he comes over here,” Hall said. 

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