Riddlesden Jacobs

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Things got busy… fortnightly sheep catch-up

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Oh dear, something went wrong with our fortnightly sheep posts and the ones due to post didn’t (and we would have run out of prepared posts anyway now) and we were so busy with our day jobs that we didn’t check or have time to do anything about it had we checked. So we shall start again with that so this post is about ewe 13, an older ewe which we got from Malcolm in our original flock. She’s got wide swept back horns and quite distinctive 6 dark domino spots on her left side.

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She had ram triplets in January 2014 and was doing well with them but one died when it was a few days old. We’re not really sure why because he seemed healthy and a good size for a triplet and his belly was quite full – he must have just got separated in bad weather and gone downhill fast.

???????????????????????????????Number 13 is a lovely ewe. She’s calm and friendly but not exactly tame. She has eaten out of our hands on occassion but not often and usually stands back observing. I like her but there’s actually very little to say about her because she’s never really any bother. Nothing really every happens in relation to her and she is just a steadying influence in the flock. We considered selling her last year but decided to keep her because of her calming presence. She had a single female lamb at the end of March this year and again didn’t need our help and just got on with it. We’ll give her a thorough check soon and then decide whether we keep her another year. Unfortunately we’re not exactly sure how old she is and we don’t want to store up problems for lambing next time!

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If I could have a flock full of number 13s I’d be a very happy shepherdess indeed!

Author: Jess Guth

Dr Jess Guth is a Senior Lecturer in Law. She blogs at jessguth.com She also doesn't really run - reallynotarunner.com

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