Sheepish Activities June 2020

12 May

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We visit the office regularly to check post etc and quite often now, the guinea fowl are at the Lsd front door waiting.  There are only 6 in the picture, but we do have our full complement of 7 still.

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16 May

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Fly strike is becoming a problem as temperatures rise. We have had a couple of instances already on their feet. So today the sheep were sprayed which certainly helps.

120 showing his best side …

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The sheep were all gathered together in the pen. The farm children dished out Rich Tea biscuits at one side of the pen while I sprayed the sheep from behind. Social distancing observed, sheep distracted, it went perfectly. 

30 May

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Champion is still limping.  It is hard to see what is wrong with his foot.  He can be a bit of a drama queen but he’s had every treatment we’ve got. Today we resorted to a foot bath.  It’s a 2 minute affair, so 2 minutes of pellets were required to keep him distracted. 

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5 June

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Champion ‘self shears’ to a certain extent each year. It tends to come off from the bottom upwards. We always shear the top ‘blanket’ off but at least he has some cool vents now. 

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We have opened the gate between the Orchard and field 11 to give them some extra grazing.  Two fields, such luxury! The ground is still very hard and very uneven – full of deep ruts from the mud earlier in the year. No good for delicate feet eh Champ. 

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7 June

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The sheep are hot and spend a lot of time scratching.  Some of their wool comes off on its own.  Bramble has an interesting bare patch on her back. 

We don’t have a date yet for the shearers but hopefully by next month they will have been!

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Until July… keep safe and well.  

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