I've been made to promise I'll stop now, these sheep will complete our flock for this year (except maybe a tup in the autumn).
Ten more hoggs with lambs at foot, so another twenty animals. This should help us keep on top of the grass but doesn't help complete the extension!
They were another good batch of animals, a different cross this time (welsh cross mules), but the ewes look good and most of the lambs are a good size.
|Out of the trailer|
|New sheep quite happy with the original ones at dusk.|
When I check the sheep yesterday morning one ewe was really lame, from the first lot not the new ones.
So I decided to get them in again. Luckily our neighbours Ken and Liz helped, along with my wife and the girls. We got them in on the second try and I had to break into a run more times than I would have liked!
The ewe in question had broke the nail on her hoof and it needed trimming quite heavily, cleaning and then spraying up. I think it's lucky I caught this early before anything nasty could get into it, she seems fine later in the day.
I was also slightly annoyed/worried when I spotted what looked like orf on one of the new lambs. It was difficult to tell but there was three more lambs with scabs on their lips and mouths so I'm thinking that's what it is. I treated it and I'll have to keep an eye on it from here on in to make sure it doesn't spread on those lambs or on to others. That said it could be that the animals were on rough pasture and they scratched their mouths on thistles, but something is telling me it's not that.
Anyone that comes into sheep farming with no experience and does well has my full respect, I grew up with it and there is so much to watch out for - I was always told that a sheep has one aim in life and that is to die in the most awkward way possible.
I think the key thing is to keep watching your flock and learning what they're like, that way you'll know when something is wrong.
I guess the next job will be shearing if I can find someone to come and do it for me!