Monday, 25 July 2016

The Sheep Along the Fence


I always know when it's going to be a cooler or wet day as the sheep stay in their favourite spot and overnight sleeping area at the top of the hill much, much later than usual.  If it starts to rain heavily they also make for this cover as the bare earth along the fence line shows.


They sit with one front leg tucked up and one splayed out,  mother and son ....


... mother and daughter ....


... and oops, it looks as though this mother and daughter are not on speaking terms today  ;-)

They've gotten very friendly just lately and let me rub them on the nose when they are in a sociable mood.  It's a shame that we've only just become friends because the little boy, who's really not so little anymore, will be going to market soon along with one of the girl lambs.  The other one is being kept as seemingly she is a very good potential breeder from a good mum.  The little ram lamb has faulty back legs and was lucky to survive birth, his twin did not.  He's also very unlucky as he pulled out one of his little baby horns the other day on the fence.

Lovely Hubby is pleased that they are still here as the lambs are keeping the brambles in check, poking their heads through the fence to get at the tasty new shoots .... hence the horn loss when he got his head stuck.

It's now 7pm and they have all gone to bed early and are in almost exactly the same places as on these photos taken this morning.

Sue xx

6 comments:

  1. I couldn't have let them go if I had any kind of relationship with them at all

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    1. Will, who owns these sheep is a lovely caring and compassionate farmer. Most farmers would not have let the ram lamb live, but he's had a good life on our paddocks,since he was a couple of weeks old. It would be unwise to breed from a sheep that would pass on a faulty developmental gene ☹

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  2. The top photo makes me smile as I see the sheep happy sitting each in its own spot along the fence.

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  3. Glad that the sheep are well cared for, but I couldn't let them go for anything either. After living on Anglesey and seeing how some farmers treat their sheep, I could not eat lamb - in fact I would rather have vegetables any day of the week. Regards, Louise S, Cheshire

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  4. Thay look happy enough. Because of the high humidity over here many sheep farmers have had trouble with maggots. Have you managed to avoid it? Do hope so.

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  5. I was told, but am not sure if it is true or not, that cattle will lie down if it is going to rain. The reason given is so they will then have dry grass to eat later. It could be totally ridiculous, don't know. I love sheep. -Jenn

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