Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sheep, Shots and the Not So Charming Aspects of Raising Sheep




If you told me 15 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.




13 comments:

  1. I love reading your posts! This is certainly not something many of us will ever have a chance to do. So thanks for giving a little glimpse into the farm life!

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  2. Sandra,

    Be proud of what you have learned raising sheep. No matter how old you were when you started! I am sure you have learned animal husbandry skills and life skills. Most importantly you have been a great example for your girls.

    I don't remember who said this quote: “Parents raise livestock and Livestock raise kids.” I think there is a lot of truth to that.

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    1. Robyn, Thanks :) I love the quote, and definitely agree!

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  3. There is definitely a 'less glamorous' side to raising any kind of animal, especially when we make ourselves responsible for their very lives. Your sheep are so charming, btw!

    I'd like to invite you to share this post and up to two others at Farm Girl Blog Fest #23, which is live right now. You would be a great addition to the wonderful posts that are shared!

    Farm Girl Friday Blog Fest #23

    Hope to see you there!
    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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    1. Whoops! I think you had shared already! Sorry about that, and thank you for stopping by and sharing! :)

      ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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    2. Thanks for the invite. I did share it earlier! Thanks for hosting :)

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  4. Oh I understand this if someone had told me 30 years ago I would be pulling calves with my face close to cow butt, giving needles and loving getting dirty and out in all kinds of weather I would never have believed it either. We are strong farm woman and that is something to be proud of. :) B

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  5. Sandra, thanks for blogging about the not so fun aspects of farming. It's not always fun. But it has to be done. That's what I'll be doing this weekend too. Have you used Dectomax on your sheep before? I thought I'd give it a try and see how well it works.

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    1. Kris, I have never used Dectomax. We have used invermectin and prohibit and quite a few years ago we used Safeguard.

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  6. Liked your blog. I also know what it's like to take care of sheep, but it's all worth it.

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    1. Thank you :) Visited your place...love finding farm blogs!

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  7. I have done many things over the past several years from starting our homestead I never thought I'd do too. :-) I would love for you to come and share it on my weekly link up that just went live. http://countrifiedhicks.blogspot.com/2013/03/mondays-with-countrified-hicks-6.html

    Feel free to link up to 3 posts!

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