Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Raddles on and ready to go!
One of my favourite jobs in our sheep farming calendar is getting the rams ready to go in with the girls. At every other time of year when we try and handle them whether its to trim a lame foot or for shearing, it is hard work. They won't stand still and make the task a whole lot harder. However, when it comes to fitting raddles, well, they really do know what is coming next. They stand still as good as gold. Our two Lleyn rams (pictured above) will normally disappear to the other end of the field when they see us coming but when we turned up to load them in the trailer and they saw the raddles, they practically walked in. Raddles? A special harness we put on them which has a crayon positioned on their chest which then leaves a mark on the ewe once they have performed their business. The last photo shows the ewes literally circling them in excitement. Lambing 2016 here we come!
Camilla, Roly, Molly, Freddie and Belle
For those of you who have kindly noticed that there is a significant person missing from our usual sign off, dear Boris is no longer with us. He was 15, which for a staffy we are told is unheard of. We miss him and so does Belle.