Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Two jobs going on today.

Silaging has begun.   This morning the grass cutter moved in to cut our first crop of grass.   As we don't have this for ourselves, but let our farmer neighbour have it, we can just watch and enjoy the spectacle (and hope the weather holds fine).

The other job is 'doctoring' the sheep.   One of the lambs was quite poorly so the people whose sheep we have for the Summer, came down this afternoon to dose them.   In a very short time they had an injection, a drench-which is administered by a quick shot in the mouth-, and a spray along their backs and round their rear ends to discourage the flies.   In no time at all they were back in the pasture, but what a noise in between times, when lambs and mothers became separated and were calling for one another.

The next job will be the shearing.   Many of the ewes have already lost most of their fleeces along the hedge backs.   I can only think it becomes very irritating when it begins to be shed and they rub against the hedge in an effort to relieve the itching.

Today has been a warm, sunny and pleasant day - almost a Summer's day.   There are only five days to go before it is officially Summer  so we should be looking forward to more of the same.


A Heron's View said...

No Pat it is Summer now.
The 22nd is Summer Solstice and the 24th St John's Eve is actually Midsummer's Day.

Heather said...

Those sheep look very pleased to be heading back to their field after all that nerve wracking treatment. We have had a lovely day too and in spite of the garden being very dry, I am hoping for many more.

Sue in Suffolk said...

It must be good to have all the fun of animals on the farm without any of the worries. Hope the sheep avoid fly strike, we had problems a couple of times and it's HORRIBLE

angryparsnip said...

awwww what wonderful photos.
It is summer here 107 and sunny.
We are hoping for rain.

cheers, parsnip

Frances said...

I'm glad that the lambs got tended to, and hope they will now have a healthy summertime.

Going back to how we animals all find a way to figure out time without any clocks, I do agree that it probably comes from our trying to establish some sort of natural order.

As always, many thanks for your posts that truly expand my appreciation of life.

Frugal in Derbyshire said...

We are about to treat out lambs for strike. A disgusting problem. one of our had it mildly last year.
Nice to see the keeper is looking out for his flock and that you get the pleasure of the sheep without the backbreaking work that comes with sheep.