Sunday, 23 August 2009
The misery that is Summer 2009
I lost a lamb today. Smali Tomas, the grey katmoget twin. I'm not sure what of; he was just lying dead like he had fallen asleep. He always was a bit of a runt and I didn't give him or his brother 24 hrs at birth. Actually I expected to loose his brother but he has now picked up and is doing nicely.
The worst thing is that I know that I ought to have split the twins and given one to Robina when hers was taken by a predator. Perhaps then he would have survived. But I didn't: I was going to Norway for work the next day and didn't want to leave Chris with a problem if Robina rejected him.
We are having the most horrendous weather here and I suspect that he was small and weak and simply couldn't cope with this prolonged wet horribleness :o( The girls have now weaned their lambs and I think that this was perhaps just too much for him although he was trotting round with his brother and didn't look ill, he just wasn't growing.
The wet weather is affecting all of the sheep, but at least the rest are now putting on condition again. I have to get everyone in every day and tend to feet though. All hoof stock are suffering around here, my friends' horses feet included.
Sigh. I'm feeling really low right now, yet as I write this the sky is brightening through the still lashing rain. Things have to pick up soon, don't they?