Photos: Lambing season in Minnesota

Agriculture ·

1 Dave Ellison releases a 3-day-old lamb after a brief bottle feed the morning of Friday, April 5, 2013, in the barn at Northcroft Farm near Pelican Rapids in west central Minnesota. Ellison and his wife, Joan, background, tend a flock of about 50 animals, including 40 ewes and seven goats. 
2 Joan Ellison checks the birthweight of a lamb on Friday, April 5, 2013, in the barn at Northcroft Farm near Pelican Rapids. By April 7, the barn had welcomed 33 lambs. 
3 Ewes and goats exit the barn at Northcroft Farm near Pelican Rapids the morning of Friday, April 5, 2013. The farm's owners, Joan and Dave Ellison, raise sheep for their wool and sell lambs to Bosnian immigrants who roast them as part of a family traditions to celebrate important events. 
4 Sustainable farming is at the heart of Northcroft Farm near Pelican Rapids where sheep are raised for their wool and animals are fed untreated hay, corn and pasture grass. Here, Dave Ellison carries a bale of hay to waiting sheep and goats the morning of Friday, April 5, 2013. 
5 Shepherdess Joan Ellison looks out on Northcroft Farm the morning of Friday, April 5, 2013. She and husband, Dave, take turns checking the barn every few hours during lambing season, which typically spans about a month in the spring. 
6 A picture decorates the door of an outbuilding at Northcroft Farm near Pelican Rapids. 
7 A ewe who recently gave birth watches the movements of visitors to the barn at Northcroft Farm on Friday, April 5, 2013. The farm is home to a flock of about 50 animals, including 40 ewes and seven goats. 
8 Siblings nurse in the barn at Northcroft Farm near Pelican Rapids the morning of Friday, April 5, 2013. By April 7, the barn had welcomed 33 lambs. 
9 A lamb stands in the barn at Northcroft Farm on Friday, April 5, 2013. The farm is owned by Joan and Dave Ellison.