Not all plain sailing on the lambing front today. Twins and a single from Sam's Welsh Mountains and then Angelina Jolie started - and stuck! One leg and a head appeared and then no progress. Could I find the other leg? Well, in the end I did but it was sort of over and tucked round and it was a bit of a struggle to sort things out. Eventually it came out - a little white boy - but then it just could not find Angelina's udder. She is very long fleeced. We had to tip her up and Carl clipped her - with little one latched on at the same time! He is now fine.
As I went over to check them I passed Mum with triplets and gave triplet one a stroke - thinking, that's not right - she should be up and away. Same happened with two and three - and Mum didn't move when I stroked her. Normal for my sheeep - not for Sam's. Further investigation showed she had a retained placenta and the triplets were not feeding properly. Mum was put back in the field shelter with the triplets. We held them up to her every half hour and they got a little fatter tummied but it still did not look too good. The Shepherd had a look at them, gave her some antibiotics and recommended ivy - so it was off to chop down a branch and keep trying to top up the triplets with bottles. We hope they all survive the night.
The Shepherd had actually come to bring me a present, must have forgiven me for not getting one of the triplets onto the single mum! This is my present - and it is the funniest thing I have ever seen!
A better penning solution! - After a long "family illness" and a subsequent reduction of our herd, I am back to report a more recent enhancement to Easter-Wood. One of the problems we ...
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