My first very sad note is that Darcy's beautiful dog Kara passed away on Sunday morning April 3 at the farmhouse. It is incredibly sad but we were all so grateful to have her at her home and to be with her. She was such a beautiful, gentle, sweet, loving girl and we are all heartbroken. RIP sweet "Kara-Bella".
On Sunday we sheared 46 sheep and I had lots of great help. This allowed me to get all the fleeces skirted and that is a first. Thanks to all the following hard working people: Darcy, Todd, Rowan, Declan, Austin, Jonathan, Olivia, Mel, Margie, Karen and the shearers Craig, Philo and Aiden Marcotte. I got up at 5 a.m. to make donuts, apple fritters and chocolate chip cookies. We always send home my home-made donuts with the shearers. We also have snacks ,drinks and sandwiches for them. Make sure to treat your shearers well and they return each year!
Last Thursday morning, I went to the barn at 6:45 a.m. because I was worried about Nadia who was due to lamb about the April 17. Sure enough, when I looked in the stall, she was digging in the corner. Nadia looked at me, "Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" she said and POP, out came her first little black and white spotted ram lamb! Seven minutes later, another POP and out came a little black ram lamb with white on his head. She was a wonderful mother and shot the lambs out like a PEZ dispenser! We milked off colostrum and I gave it to both little lambs. She would not let them nurse and I tried trimming her fleece away. I ended up giving them a bottle twice. Later that night we went out at 6 and 10 p.m. to give a bottle by by the 10 p.m. feeding.........they had decided no more bottle. She was nursing them and they were jumping around the stall. We were very glad to have her sheared yesterday. Now we just have Nellie that looks like she is about a week or two from lambing.
There were several sheep that got nicks but overall the sheep are in good health - even our elderly ewes looked pretty good. One of our bigger ewes, a Shetland cross named Clementine, had a open wound on the underside of her tail that he we cleaned, sprayed with Vetricin and gave her a shot of penicillin. Tinka, who is Clementine's mother, has a swollen area on her side too. We have called the Vet and will talk to him this afternoon as she most likely will need to get her tailed docked a bit! Other than that the day went well, everyone seems happy and so I can maybe rest today, ha,ha!
I have to take my dog to the Vet to get her nails trimmed and just have them check her ears. Life is good at the farm. We are having a nice stretch of sunny weather and that always makes everything better.
So-long from Maybelle MaMa