We started off with a flock of pure Hebridean sheep but over the years have had a variety of rams so our flock is very mixed. We have also cut back on our numbers.
Our ewes are: Lucy, Rose, Petal, Blossom and Maisie
Our Ram is called Willy Wonka and it is his second year with us.
We also have Bluebell and Honey who were born in 2015.
We will be keeping Jane one of our ewe lambs from this year to replace our oldest ewe Topsy who we had to let go this year.
Jet, our bottle fed lamb will also be staying with us.
Our lambs stay with their mothers until it is time for them to go to the butchers. We usually use the meat ourselves and the family help out. We do sell some of the meat to friends and neighbours when we have a surplus.
March 2016 and the sheep are all at the top field. It looks like the ewes are pregnant but will be lambing later than we thought. We will bring them home ready for lambing after our holiday.
April 30th and lambing is over for another year. The six ewes have produced 12 lovely lambs for us.
After lambing was over we took the flock back to the Top field. All
seemed to be fine and the lambs were growing well. One morning in May, Bill found a dead lamb. It looked perfect and was one of our best lambs. 2 days later another had died.
We had a pm done on them and found out they had "pulpy kidney". We felt really guilty as this is something you can vaccinate against. In early 30 years of keeping sheep this has never happened to us before. Made us feel a bit better when we heard of a farmer who had lost a lot of lambs and ewes due to pulpy kidney and he had all his sheep vaccinated.
Better late than never, we have now started the vaccine course for our sheep.
No more sheep have died thank goodness. Sheep are now up at the moat field and all seem fine.
Sheep did well over the summer and the lambs have grown nicely. Most of them have gone to the butchers now but we still have 4 lambs left. We will be keeping one of the ewe lambs and Jet our bottle fed castrated male. The other 2 will be going to the butchers in January. Jet is keeping the ram company at the moment. The ram will be going back in with the ewes next month.
Willy Wonka has gone back in with his ladies. Jet and 1 male lamb have stayed with him.
The two ewe lambs are up at the top field as we don't want them to lamb next year.
We have had to get rid of Willy Wonka as he made a serious attempt to attack Bill. The attack was unprovoked and out of the blue. With Grandchildren around we cannot take the risk of him attacking them. He had a quick trip to the butchers.
The ewes will be coming home next week ready for lambing.
The lambs who were first to lamb have gone back up to the top field.
Lambing came to an end on April 9th. Our ewes have produced a total of 12 lambs between them. The sheep are now all up at the top field.
On April 16th one of our favourite ewes, Exellent Rose was found dead. She hadn't shown any signs of being ill. She has left us with her 2 lambs, Petunia and Dudley who will now have to be bottle fed for a while. We have brought them home so we can look after them here.
Dudley and Petunia are doing well and love all the attention they get. They enjoy going for walks with the dogs.
June 1st 2017
Sheep have been shorn and have gone up to the moat for the Summer. Petunia and Dudley have remained at home along with Jet and Jane (We think Jane is in lamb)
Jane has produced a lovely little ram lamb called Olly.Named because our Grandaughter was at her first concert seeing Olly Murrs.
We have now been joined by our new ram lamb, Ludo. He will stay with Jet at the Top field until he is big enough to go in with the ewes. He isn't very big so looks like late lambs next year.