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The Next Day – Tuesday

After morning chores at home, including feeding and penning the dogs, letting out and feeding the chooks,  feeding all five orphan lambs and feeding and watering the two ewe with lambs which are in the barn, Dallas and i drove up to the farm to see what was happening.  Right off, I noticed a ewe having lambing difficulty, or so it seemed.  We gave her a bit more time before bothering her by enticing the mob of sheep into the corral.

The weather finally gave us a decent time to sort off the rams, so we did that, which went well.  Then we coaxed the 5 ewes with lambs out of the pasture (the ones Dallas had shut in a small area the night before) and gently and patiently walked them 1/4 mile down the road and across a wooden bridge to the corral, where all the other ewes and lambs had been gathered.  They hesitated at the bridge and of course, with baby lambs, it’s a slow process as the mommas struggle to keep track of their babies.  But all in all, it went very smoothly.

Then I headed over to check on that lambing ewe and the news was tragic.  As I reached inside, a really nasty smell eminated – yeah, the lambs were dead and had been for quite some time since all I could pull out was hooves, skin and body parts.  She had never dilated, so there was no way these could be delivered.  Hoping I could at least save the ewe, I continued trying to pull the dead lambs out, however, she shortly went into shock and died.

Now to head home to hook onto the little trailer, muster the yearling ewes from the Lamme farm, load and haul them out to the older sheep.  Gathering them out of the pasture and loading also went very smoothly.  We unloaded them, let all the other ewes and lambs out of the corral and into the pasture.  By this time, I’d decided to take the unloving ewe home, along with her lambs figuring I could work with them better.  So we loaded her and the two lambs in the front section and the three rams behind and off we went.

Thankfully, by the end of the day, this ewe accepted her two lambs!
Thankfully, by the end of the day, this ewe accepted her two lambs!

Since my hands and clothes were completely nasty, Dallas dropped me off to shower before I fixed lunch while he unloaded the rams at the Lamme Farm.  He brought the ewe and lambs back and parked the trailer in the shade.  I’ll deal with them later.

  •  After lunch, it was time to feed the orphaned lambs again before heading to the seed plant to mix grass seed for my spring broadcast seeding projects. Allen showed Dallas and me how to weigh out, mix, bag, and sew up.  Dallas had already attached the seeder onto one of the four wheelers, so after mixing up six bags of seed, we cleaned up and called it done for the day.
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    Dallas weighing each variety of grass or legume to be mixed.

    Dumping in the weighed and measured grass mixture
    Dumping in the weighed and measured grass mixture
Mixing in the old cement mixer.
Mixing in the old cement mixer.

I went back up to check ewes one more time before dark and, unfortunately had to bring in three more abandoned lambs.  What is going on!?

Cheers!

Sacking it off, then the sack will be sewn up before loading for transport to the field.
Sacking it off, then the sack will be sewn up before loading for transport to the field.

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Sheep go a’courtin’!

Cold and windy, but the rams needed to be out with the ewes this week and today was the best opportunity.  Dallas took my pickup to the seed plant and hooked on to the little trailer, then back down home for lunch, after which we drove to the Lamme farm to walk in then load the three rams – 1 horned Merino and 2 Dorsets.  They loaded without hesitation, then off to Tannachton Farm north and west of Purdin.  We unloaded the rams into the corral, then walked out to muster then ewes.

As we crossed the ditch and saw fence down we knew something was amiss and truly it was.  For whatever reason one of the older ewes was caught up in the electrified sheep netting and couldn’t move – really bad deal.  Dallas hurried back to turn off the electricity, then unwrapped her.  Thankfully, she is still alive and I hope she makes it.

Ewe caught in electric sheep netting.  We went back after sorting and helped her sit up again and I gave her a pep talk.  Hope she comes 'round!
Ewe caught in electric sheep netting. We went back after sorting and helped her sit up again and I gave her a pep talk. Hope she comes ’round!

The ewes and lambs would NOT cross the ditch to get to the corral and after 45 minutes or so of using our best ‘Bud Williams‘ techniques, I walked back to gather another sheep netting.  We set it up behind and around the sheep and kept moving it forward until they finally relented and joyfully bound down the slope and up towards the corral.  Oh, they can be SO frustratingly stubborn if it suits them.  Once across, they dutifully walked up to and into the corral – especially excited by the three rams inside!

Now to sort – well it mostly went okay for not having suitable sheep sorting facilities.  The reason for sorting is that there were several ewe lambs which i did not want to get bred (pregnant), so I wanted to sort them off and haul them home.  They can’t stay anywhere near the rams or absolutely everyone of them will breed.  Sheep are very fertile.  Pretty sure all the rams need to do is look at a ewe and she’ll get bred!

Too dark to unload the ewe lambs where I wanted them, so we offloaded into the corral at our house. Early in the morning, I’ll make the necessary chores to move them where they need to be.  All told, Dallas and I spent five hours on this project and still not done!

Dallas fed his grandpa’s pup and collected eggs.  SIX tonight.  Quite the improvement from getting 2 every other day just a few days ago.  We had picked up some alfalfa pellets and sunflowers to see if the higher protein would help with production.  Guess so!  Hooray!

Once inside, I had time to finish a couple loads of laundry, prepare and cook four cherry cobblers, make ranch dressing,  40 cups of rice, and ramped up the ingredient amounts for the chicken-rice casserole recipe so that it will serve 60 people at Refuge Ministries tomorrow evening.  The chicken has already been cooked and cubed and is sitting out to thaw along with cooked pumpkin.  Nathan says he’ll make the Pumpkin bread loaves for me tomorrow since my chores may run me close on getting the chicken-rice-vegetable casserole done before we leave.  Allen and Nathan vacuumed the main floor and upstairs for me tonight!  That was really a huge help!