Monday, April 29, 2013

New additions to the flock

It's been very busy here this weekend with the delivery of some new sheep with their lambs at foot. We have been lucky enough to buy some lovely breeding ewes and their lambs; two Coloured Ryelands and four Ryelands have joined our flock. We're very much hoping they will improve our breeding stock for next year and therefore our 2014 lambs.

We have already been very busy with enquiries for 2013 lambs so it looks like the demand for these gorgeous sheep is still strong. They really are a great sheep for all smallholdings, not to forget they also produce wonderful meat.

A couple of the lambs have been slightly scouring over the last few days, probably due to the new green grass that has suddenly appeared. One who was rather messy has been stabled along with his mum and twin; he's been receiving electrolytes via syringe and being the helpful chap he is stands and waits for his fluids. His tummy seems far more settled now and as he's remained bright and breezy will return with the rest of his family to the flock tomorrow.

All the lambs will be wormed this weekend which was supposed to be done last week but time just flew by and unfortunately that job got over looked. The lambs will all be weighed prior to drenching so it will be fascinating to see how they've grown. They are all stocky youngsters but it's funny to watch their growth; one week they're all legs and growing upwards then next they fill out and they seem to be going outwards!

The rams are getting into all sorts of mischief this week, it would appear they are feeling left out. Today I removed our coloured ram from the hen run, where he was determined he would fit into the coop. Our young white ram also decided to go on his adventures and sneak into the ewe's paddock. Luckily none of them were feeling amorous so he just decided to have a snooze instead and soak up some sun.

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