Thursday, March 7, 2013
Sheep, Shots and the Not So Charming Aspects of Raising Sheep
If you told me 20 years ago that I would be spending the evening giving shots to some sheep I would have probably laughed.
But that is exactly what I was doing this evening. The Tunis have been separated from the other ewes since we bought them onto the farm. Tonight we gave them some meds. (dewormer) in ten days we will do it again and after that we will let them move in with the Border Leicesters.
When I decided to buy my first four sheep it was quite an adventure. I have to admit I never thought too much about medications, shots etc. I was too busy thinking about lambs, wool and green pastures.
It didn't take long before I had to roll up my sleeves and dig into the less "charming" aspects of being a shepherdess.
Over the years I have had to do a lot of things I never imagined myself doing. Assisting with a birth that was not going the way it should, giving shots, tube feeding lambs with hypothermia. It has definitely challenged me and pushed me to do things that I never imagined myself doing.
The girls have grown up with taking care of sheep and lambs. It is a part of who they are. They don't even think twice about it.
I still remember my first lamb birth that was not going well. I knew something was wrong. I kept referring to my " How To Raise Sheep Book", watching the ewe and trying to talk myself into assisting. My 11 year old daughter (23 now) looked at me exasperated and said "Mom, if you don't do something I will" and she would have too!
I have learned a LOT over the last 15 years. I have come to appreciate the experiences I have had and the opportunity to "grow up" and become a shepherdess.