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.
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.
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!?