Lee Farm Bottle Lambs

Dawn Stephens and her bottle lamb

Dawn Stephens and her bottle lambs (Circa 1990s, Moody County, SD)

Don’t worry it isn’t beer. Bottle lambs are fed a milk formula or replacer when their mother can’t produce milk or the mother abandon’s the lamb. Sheep producers use whatever bottle is available to feed the lamb whether it is a beer bottle or a soda pop bottle. Nipples are bought at a farm supply store but the bottles are whatever is available. Here Dawn Stephens is feeding her bottle lambs on the Lee Farm in Moody County.

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Photograph Courtesy: Bill Lee & Dawn Stephens