|Penned up, for inspection|
This week has been humid, and or rainy-not the most pleasant times to work with sheep. I woke up to cooler temps and a nice breeze, and decided today will be the day. If you are going to do an unpleasant job, you might as well do it when you can at least enjoy the weather!
In July, we run the sheep in a holding pen, and individually check their condition, if needed they are given dewormer, and we separate the Ram lambs from the flock.
|Mabel, on of our oldest ewes, and the first to volunteer to cooperate|
Today, it went very smoothly! I am a happy shepherdess, when it works out that way
Why do I call it a dirty job?
Even when the job goes smoothly, you are going to get dirty, maybe even slobbered on by some ewe, who insist she doesn't need dewormer.
|One of my favorite Border Leicester Ewes-not going to pose!|
We managed to get the older ewes through the chute first, they have experience with this whole thing, and they take it in stride. The last little bit, is spent dealing with the lambs, who unlike their mothers, have not been through the ropes, and do not appreciate what we are trying to do. Thankfully, we didn't have any break-outs and the ram lambs were successfully separated from the ewes.
They will spend the next two or three days in protest- Here are some of the soon-to- be, Whiny Boys Club inductees.
We had a couple of lambs that were not doing so well. With all of that wool, you really need to get your hands on them, to be able to tell their condition. I am glad we chose to do this today. Poor guys, will be getting some special treatment over the next few weeks.
I know that some of these pictures are not Glamour Shots, but they are a dose of reality, of what raising sheep sometimes entails.
So even though, I went out clean, and came in dirty, I was happy to have the job DONE!
What Dirty Jobs do you have going on at your Place?
I know we all have them!