Sunday, 29 April 2007
This week we have had a couple of lambs that have been limping, when we checked them out nothing appeared to be wrong. They have more than likely got it running around with the lamb gang.
We also moved the ewes and lambs into a new paddock, only to discover that the fence between them and the paddock the the female alpacas is high enough for little lambs to crawl under to see the alpacas, but then too small for them the get back to their mums!!!! Lambs are very stupid at times. So we spent a very peaceful 1/2 hour dropping the netting so that the little horrors can't get through. Shetland lambs are great escapologists.
We found out today that one of our friends and great Shetland sheep breeders are drastically reducing their stock of sheep, due to ill health. Needless to say we have registered our interest in at least 6 of their ewes. Watch this space to see how many we finally end up with!!!!!!
Update on the barn cats from the Cats Protection league. Being feral cats they are taking some catching. So once they are caught they will let us know. Talking of cats, next door's cat decide to have her 3 kittens in the female alpaca's hay rack. Caused the alpacas complete confusion. Needless to say we very carefully took the cat and her kittens back home.
Hopefully a quiet week before the onslaught of the bank holiday weekend and the arrival of the resident vandal. Denise has been talked into showing a group of school kids how to spin and shear a sheep on Wednesday!!!!!
Monday, 23 April 2007
On Sunday "Dave the Fencer" came to put up some new fencing in the top paddock. He cut back the hedge to the original fence line and we gained approx a metre of grazing. We will chain harrow and fertilise this paddock before putting any livestock in over the next week.
With the weather changing back to something like it should be for April, showers and cool winds. Working in the barn is much more preferable to working outside. To that end we attacked a whole load of wood that needed chopping into kindling for our 2 wood burning stoves.
Tim got the door made for the wood store and the windows finished just as the first swallows arrived, so they will have to nest in the barn as opposed to the old workshop, wood store and garage, which have all been re-roofed, where they used to nest. They have arrived a good 2 weeks earlier than last year.
Another post next Sunday, where we are set to have a hectic weekend
Friday, 20 April 2007
This afternoon Amy gave birth to a ewe lamb. If the weather is O.K in the morning we will let Layla, Lucy and Amy out into the field with their respective lambs. It's amazing how much the lambs grow in the sunshine.
Our finally tally of lambs is 23. 16 ewe lambs and 7 tup lambs. All in all we are very pleased with the lambs we have had this year. There are some interesting colours and pattens amongst them. It's strange to think that this weekend some of the lambs will be 3 weeks old and in about 3 weeks time all of the lambs will require their first set of injections for clostridial diseases, i.e e-coli. That will be fun!!!!!
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Once Amy has had her lambs, that means we have finished lambing for the year. I know that Winky is supposed to be due in May, but neither of us are convinced that she is going to have any lambs.
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
To date the lamb total stands at 18, 13 ewe lambs, 5 tup lambs. We're pretty happy with what lambs we have had to date. Hopefully Lucy and Layla will have their lambs tomorrow.
Monday, 16 April 2007
Feeding up this evening we noticed one of the ewes hanging around the fence in the far corner of the field. At first glance we thought it was either Astrid or Anya looking for their lambs, but a scan round the rest of the ewes we quickly realised it was Lilly who was by the fence with her lamb, a beautiful black ewe lamb. We decided to leave them out in the paddock as the lamb was up and about and feeding well. Lilly would only get distressed if we try to put her in a lambing pen, she has a tendency to be a little wild, but a great mum. Another name required for this little lady.
Only 4 ewes left to lamb, Lucy, Lotty, Layla and Amy. Layla is due on Wednesday, but we decided to pen her tonight just in case she decides to have her lamb early.
Sunday, 15 April 2007
Tomorrow should see Amber, Lucy & Lottie have their lambs, then that will just leave Layla, Lilly and Amy who are all due over the next few days and by next weekend we will have finished lambing, apart from Winky who is due in early May.
After taking Deefa to the vets, we went on to a farm sale. It was a change to be able to wonder around in the sun and look at all the bits and pieces of equipment for sale. Normally at these sales we are in full rain gear and trying to find a place to shelter from the wind. We managed to catch up with neighbours and friends. We arrange with Dave "The bunny bopper" to call and cull the increasing number of rabbits on our land. We did buy a couple of piece of equipment, as did our neighbours, so it was ideal that we had taken the trailer. A good day all round
Friday, 13 April 2007
Coming back from walking the dogs with the idea of moving Missy into the barn it was apparent that she was about to give birth in the corner of the field. So we fed the rest of the sheep, by which time the first lamb had been born and the 2nd was on it's way. Five minutes later Missy had her 2nd lamb, both ewe lambs. As the morning was fine and warm we decided to leave them out in the field to enjoy the sun.
Feeding up in the evening we noticed one of the ewes pacing up and down the fence line, at first glance we thought it was Allium and one of her lambs had got stuck in the hedge. But it was Ariadne, she'd given birth to a tup lamb 2 days early. He's a strong young lamb.
So they say that Friday the 13th is unlucky, but we've had a good day. 3 good strong lambs.
Sunday, 8 April 2007
The second ewe to give birth was Brazil, she has produced 2 lovely little ewe lambs with some very unusual markings. These ewe lambs are the first of the pedigrees to be born, so we will have to think up two names for them, starting with the letter "D".
If the weather holds, we will be letting these new lambs out into the fields in a couple of days, including Dougal, who is now going through 1 1/2 litres of milk a day. His mother, Anya, comes into the barn at night and lays down by the side of his pen, so we are hopeful that she will keep an eye on him once he's out in the fields.
Next ewe to give birth is Brigid on Wednesday
Wednesday, 4 April 2007
Peace now reigns, but it does mean we have to get a litre of milk into him daily, and for the next 3 days he will be on 2 hourly feeds. From 4 - 7 days the gap between the feeds increases so that he's down to just 4 a day, then just 2 feeds day. He hasn't quite got the hang of the bottle as yet, but I don't think it will be too long before he does. We've called him Dougal.
We let Abbi and her daughters out into the beautiful sunshine we are having at the moment. They have really enjoyed basking in the sun. Though this evening she has brought them into the safety of the barn. If it is as nice tomorrow, we will let Anya out with her daughter. We also penned up Brazil, though she is not due until Friday, she has a limp and we don't want to stress her out too much doing her feet, this close to giving birth. Last year she had triplets and she looks as big this year. We wait and see what happens.
Monday, 2 April 2007
We await Anya who was due today, but I think will produce tomorrow. If this is the case, it looks like all the due dates are out by a day.