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Published April 10, 2013, 06:16 PM

Lambing season coming late at Pelican Rapids farm

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our long lasting winter and absent spring have turned a lot of rituals upside down.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our long lasting winter and absent spring have turned a lot of rituals upside down.

Spring field work, early golf, and babies. Lambs. As WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand found out near Pelican Rapids today, it is lambing season, just a little late.

In a scene right out of a Norman Rockwell painting, the Ellison's sheep farm sits nestled in the hills near Maplewood, outside of Pelican.

It is busy and noisy, but in a good way. Announcements that more baby lambs have arrived, just as we did.

Today, Joan and Dave Ellison spot the newest babies.

The two babies are dried off. Then the mother is coaxed into the barn, where they are reunited.

The mornings during this delayed lambing season are bustling with activity. There are dozens of baby lambs to feed.

With our unpredictable winter and spring, lambing has been a bit topsy turvy.

Dave Ellison: “It’s been nice for lambing because we’re lambing six weeks later than usual so we haven’t had the problem with cold lambs like we often do.”

And it’s not for everyone. Late nights, early mornings. But along with all this comes some unique surprises.

Not twins or triplets, but two sets of quadruplets. That will be the talk of the flock.

And when Joan Ellison is not helping feed the baby lambs, she is writing about or making yarn from the wool. More at WDAY.com and the Easy Link tab.

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