I have once again lost the plot with the fortnightly sheep. I saved some in draft posts rather than scheduling them! So let’s try that again. After the heartbreak of nearly 2 weeks ago I thought it might be nice to tell you a bit more about the ewe who unfortunately lost her triplets. So I am moving this post up and have now hopefully scheduled a couple more fortnightly sheep! So Ewe 17 – this little stunnder was born in early 2013 and came with the original flock we got. She nearly didn’t. We were only planning on taking 12 but as we loaded them all into the trailer, Malcolm pointed out one lovely looking little ewe. We took a good look at her and immediately liked her lots so caught her and loaded her into the trailer: Ear tag number 17. The picture on the left shows her just a couple of months after she came to us.
She is a 4 horn ewe with a kink in one of her horns. She has never been overly friendly, preferring to keep her distance and watch from afar but she also isn’t really skittish. She generally comes into the shed or pen when we need to catch them and she is mostly quite calm. I think of her as small and she probably is smaller than some but I am looking forward to seeing her after shearing to get a sense of how small exactly she is when she’s not so woolly.
She has a lovely confirmation and lovely fleece.. I like the pictures below because they show how much she has developed and grown – her horns in particular. The picture on the left is from December 2013 so she will have been just under a year old. The one on the right is from December 2014 so she had had her first shear and was coming up to 2 years old. We were also hoping that she had been tupped (the ram went into the field in late October)
. We then thought she wasn’t pregnant but she was obviously just tupped a lot later than the others so she was ready to lamb a good 6 weeks after the first lambs in the flock were born. What happened next I captured in a previous post. All three triplets she was carrying died and we had to get the vet to help. Luckily number 17 is fine
When I wrote that post I was quite upset but when you have livestock you just need to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get on with it and that’s what we did and it seems that that is what Ewe 17 has also done. She was clearly sore for a few days and when we caught her again to give her another shot of antibiotics she was scared but let us handle her and check her. She seems fine now.
So will we keep her? Yes I think we will. There’s nothing scientific about this but none of the ewes who had triplets last year did so this year so maybe she won’t carry triplets again which would make things easier for her and there are no signs of any damage to her so she should be fine.