Its absolutely shocking that I haven’t posted since September. Trying to do 3 jobs and deal with my animals too is proving hard. The weekends are full of chores!!
My loan ram came in at the beginning of November and left us just before Christmas. His mother was from France and therefore we named him Claude. As a pure coincidence his tag number was 1664. He was such a calm chap. He did his bit and I was sad to see him go. I’m hoping he’ll spend time with us later in the year.
With all the dreadful weather over the last few weeks (it feels like months) I had noticed that the winter placing of the field shelter was not such a good idea. I noticed a run off pipe coming from the farm with water channelling down the bank and straight under the shelter. So in the boggy mud, we moved it to a slightly drier place. The ewes have not had a good time with their feet with it being so damp. I’ve had 3 penned in the shelter and finally they seem to be better. Injecting antibiotics intramuscularly was certainly a challenge.
I am now in ownership of 2 pigs. Bought in November. They are Hampshire cross Saddleback. They are growing fast and have churned up most of their field. They will be off to slaughter in April and hoping that the lambs will be born at the beginning of April. I am excited and nervous at the same time. I’m hoping all goes well but will just use my common sense and hope they will all arrive without any problems
My new year’s resolution is to post more. Looking forward to updating with more news. I’ve added a picture of the pigs. They are such sweet things and love their food.
In their new field
Today was the day to do everything but the rain put pay to that. I was hoping to move the sheep to new pasture and move the field shelter into its winter position. Instead I trimmed their feet, checked their fleeces, clean their bottoms and gave them a worm dose. They didn’t think much of it but at least I know they are healthy. Looks like the lambs (except for my ram lamb) are weened. Ewes udders are really small but in good shape.
The lambs will probably be off at the end of the month and I need to find a handsome ram to keep the ewes company in October/November! Do let me know if you have a ram available.
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The weather has been great for the sun worshippers amongst us but certainly not for livestock. It has been a nightmare trying to persuade the grass to grow with limited amounts of rain. I’m trying to keep an area of pasture for the ewes prior to tupping!
Notice the new field shelter!
I haven’t posted for a few days just because there’s nothing to report. All sheep well and thriving (famous last words). Bought a halter – the ram lamb won’t know what’s hit him!!!
Noticed over the past few days the 3 y/o ewe does have a nasty patch on her back. We tried putting some bright yellow ointment a few days ago which went black.
I have been told to wash with warm water, dry then apply Crovect.
Update to this post
Organised everything I need to wash, dry and Crovect my ewe. On cleaning the area I noticed the skin was clean but there was no wool.
Clean as much as I dare, dried thoroughly and then applied Crovect just to the area. Will keep an eye on this to see the progress.
Matt is coming over so we have Heptivac all our sheep. I will continue with this blog when its been done! All the sheep have now had their Heptivac P+ injection. This will be done again in 4 weeks time.
Before we injected the sheep, Matt designed a treatment pen and this proved very useful. It was not easy getting the needle through the wool and skin of the lambs but managed it.
I have bought a bucket with hooks to hang on the hurdle, so I don’t have to put anything on the ground. A very good idea.
Noticed an old scab area on the back of one of my sheep had the great attention of a load of flies. Will monitor until tomorrow when Matt turns up.
So here starts what I think will be a very exciting journey into sheep husbandry. For those who may have just stumbled over my daily diaries, then please read more about me and my story on how I became a shepherdess.
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