Waiting for ages and then all of a sudden - two births today! Dreadful weather for it but we coped. First thing Flemenco looked a bit restless so I parked the Mule up near her and settled to watch. At 9am out slithered a lovely little boy. He was a touch early at 326 days but weighed a decent 9kg and after he was rubbed a bit, sprayed and oral antibioticed he was up and attempting to feed - not very well though as Flem's cria from last year, String, charged over and started suckling herself. Normally I would not have interfered so quickly but I didn't want her stealing all the colostrum and Flem is always quite happy with me fiddling around under her with a cria so I got him latched on before banishing String and her friends to the next paddock. At this point the rain was getting bad so I got Flem and some of the others into the barn but as I was doing this I noticed Lily having a bit of an ominous roll. Once the Flem baby and others were in the barn I rushed over to see Lily who had taken herself off into the field shelter where she was obviously going to produce. I nipped back to the barn to check Flem's cria, only to found he had disappeared. Somehow he had got out through a barrier and was investigating Sam's tool box. I returned him to mum and then went back to check Lily - finding she had already produced a beautiful little suri boy. Back out came the birth bag to deal with him! He has the most amazing deep hum and sounds like a little old man! Lily's baby is 8kg and 323 days so early as well. He is showing it a bit as he can only kush on the flat
So, here they are - Firstly, Flem's baby who I only seem to have head shots of and not very good ones as the weather was horrid.
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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