First in the queue

How to make sure you get your fill



Tired yet satisfied after getting everything done today. The ground is so much wetter than it has been at any point this winter. Everywhere is waterlogged – and slippery!

I wasn’t due to clean out the hen house until Monday, but had to do it early as it was so mucky. Hebs are staying inside and when they do go out, they take mud back in with them!

That’s me for the weekend now, apart from feeding the sheep tomorrow. I need a rest!

An Duile

I did my rounds today and noticed one sheep acting a little funny. Usually they all come running as soon as they hear or see me. Today, most of them were at the fence before I called them, apart from one away on her own. As soon as I called, I saw her ears twitch and she came running, although a little uncertain of herself.

I lost track of her in amongst the flock, but soon spotted her, and her problem. She was blind in both eyes.

The eyes go grey and the sheep is temporarily blind. I’m not sure what it’s called in English, but we call it ‘an duile’ in Gaelic.

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As my pickup is off the road, I’m using my dad’s van, giving opportunities to take some selfies before I took her home :)

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Fortunately I have some opticlox in and have treated her. She’ll improve in the next few days. Hopefully the fact that I got her very early will minimise the risk to the rest of the flock.

It’s not uncommon and I had issues with it in 2012 and also 4/5 sheep last winter, including this same ewe.

Ticks

Ticks are not something I have to routinely deal with on my livestock. Yes, the cats seem to pick them up, but I’ve only once seen a tick on a sheep. That was until last week, when I saw two in 5 minutes!

I was drenching & injecting the sheep the day before scanning and spotted ticks on two of them. One under a sheep’s chin and one of the side of it’s neck. I can only imagine that the rest had ticks all over them too. They were all dipped in October, so these ticks have attached since then. The winter has been mild though, so ticks are still active.

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Pickup Disaster

My pickup is one of the most useful things I own. I go everywhere in it and do everything with it. But not for a wee while.

On Wednesday, I was pulling a trailer and my clutch went, completely.

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I was on the main road, fortunately, so help wasn’t too far away. I flagged down a passing van, which happened to be Irish workmen, and they gave me a lift up to my friends.

The clutch was damaged a bit last summer, during a problematic tow of a boat up a slipway. It had been acting up recently but the weight of the trailer was obviously too much for it.

Thanks to Duncan & Donald for getting me and the trailer back home!

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