Lambs Category

  • The day in pictures

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    On April 2, 2013 • By

    It’s 11.30pm as I write this. I’m in bed and I’m exhausted but it’s been another great day.

    I did my first rounds of the sheep some time after 6. I don’t set an alarm or go at a particular time, I just wake up around that time and go outside asap.

    I nearly always go back to bed and did so today, sleeping until nearly 9am. The morning was quite easy, as I was still stiff from football training last night. Quite often, a boy from the next village comes to help me on the croft and today was his first visit of the year. Here is Uisdean holding the lamb that was born on Saturday (no lambs since)

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    We did the usual stuff while Uisdean was about: fed the sheep, tidied up etc.

    When I was cleaning out the shed, I came across the big cat, sound asleep, chilling in t

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    The day wasn’t all good, though. Dolaidh Beag, who uses a croft near mine, came to me to say he’d found a dead sheep that wasn’t his. I went up to have a look and it wasn’t nice. The poor thing had jumped a fence, for its rear legs stuck and its neck rested on the top wire, choking the poor animal. It was still warm when I reached it, probably dead no more than 10 mins. I’ve been in touch with the owner to let him know and covered the carcass, to stop birds getting to it.

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    I got this quick snap of one of the pullets jumping up onto Murdo’s car. Chickens really make me laugh – great animals to just sit and watch.

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    Finally tonight, I put 24 eggs into the incubator 10 days ago. I candled them tonight and looks as if 12-15 will be ok. Delighted with that, if it carries on. They’re due to hatch on Thursday 11th April – when I’m at a friend’s wedding! Fortunately Innes is home and will be on duty.

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  • Saturday

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    On March 31, 2013 • By

    Saturday was one of these insanely busy days that seem to be cropping up too often these days!

    The day started with lamb number 2 awaiting me on my first round of the day.

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    As usual, I had to collect the eggs. I got a new hen house on Friday and the big cat just had to have a look around it.

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    The sheep have all been moved into the lambing fields and I had to move the big bale down with them too – no point wasting it.

    We moved it with the tractor transport box, quite easy really!

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    My afternoon was broken up by football. I play in goal for Ness and we had a pre-season friendly against a local Welfare team. We won 9-1, so it was quite straightforward. It wasn’t the busiest afternoon I’ve had between the sticks…

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    My brother, Murdo, is home for a week too. I think he’s agreed to give me a hand one day doing some bits and bobs. He hates having his photo taken but I did snap him driving the tractor last night!

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    So that was Saturday. I had a wee night out in the Social Club and won £100 – great coming home with a profit – checked the sheep at 1am and was back in bright and early after 6.

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    Now to rest and get ready to do it all again tomorrow!

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  • What does a croft sound like?

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    On March 30, 2013 • By

    Here’s your answer:

    http://audioboo.fm/boos/1298966-croft-noises

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  • I need Jeremy Kyle

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    On March 28, 2013 • By

    Now that the initial excitement of the first lamb has died down, I’ve suddenly realised that there is a problem!! The lamb’s dad isn’t who it’s supposed to be!!

    Here is a picture of my three rams. The lamb’s mother is a Blackface was sent to the Cheviot (the big one with the white face), but the lamb doesn’t show ANY characteristics of a Cheviot/Blackface cross, instead the lamb looks pure Blackface. You will notice that there is a Blackface ram amongst the 3 too…..

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    I remember now what happened. This Blackface Ram is a bit…..keen. He got in with some ewes 2 days before I let the rams out properly. He obviously had his wicked way with this one before I caught him and put him back in his place

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  • First lamb!

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    On March 28, 2013 • By

    Funny how the bad winter has been forgotten at the sight of this wee beauty

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  • First lamb, first loss

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    On March 25, 2013 • By

    Hopefully this is just a blip but not the start I was hoping for. I was driving past the field and noticed the dreaded farspagan – Black-backed gulls. A sure sign that there is something wrong. This poor wee lamb’s mother had given birth a week or two early. As you can see, it has been well cleaned, so it’s not a case of the lamb being abandoned. I don’t think it came into the world alive. Not the start I was hoping for and hopefully not a sign of things to come. Lambing due to start properly this Friday.

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  • Scanning

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    On February 12, 2013 • By

    Well. Where do I begin? I said last night that it was like Christmas Eve and the night before a big exam. Santa never turned up and I failed the exam!

    The long and the short of it is that I am only due 9 sets of twins while 1 in 5 is empty. Of the empty ones, I had already written-off 8 of them – the poorer sheep that I have been feeding up at home and are in poor condition after suffering from eye problems.

    Anyway, apart from that, it was an excellent day. Beautiful clear skies – it looked like a spring day but felt like a winter one!

    I started by taking in the sheep that I gathered on Saturday.

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    I did a couple of runs with the pickup & trailer and soon had all the sheep in the fank.

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    The closest 3 pens are mine.

    The scanner came around 1pm (I lost track of time!). The setup is within a trailer and the guy has the ultrasound in the blue box that he’s preparing.

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    The sheep go through one at a time and he puts the ultrasound underneath them.

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    The 2nd guy will mark the sheep so that you know how many lambs she has. Singles don’t get a mark, twins is a spot between the shoulders and empty is a stripe above the bum.

    This wee video shows how it’s done and you can see singles, twins and empties going through. I didn’t want the first sheep through to have any lambs as she is in poor condition but Sod’s law is that she has twins! She’ll need a lot of feeding.

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    That’s it then. I put most of the empties out into the village park. They won’t get any additional feed and will be there until shearing in July. The twins all came home for feeding while about 25 of the singles are out on the moor for another 10 days. I didn’t have the time or motivation to deal with them today and I’m away to Aberdeen this weekend so they’ll have to wait!

    I still have 5 out on the moor that I didn’t manage to find last week (they have been spotted by other crofters) but fingers crossed that they are all twins!! That would be brilliant!

    I might post later about how I feel this has been my worst winter as a crofter but I’m off to play 5-a-side football now!

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  • Awaiting the scanner

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    On February 12, 2013 • By

    All the sheep are in the fank. Just waiting for the scanner now.

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  • Scanning tomorrow

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    On February 11, 2013 • By

    Tonight is like the Christmas Eve and the night before a big exam, all wrapped into one. The sheep are being scanned with ultrasound tomorrow, and I will know by early afternoon how many lambs I am due to have. Excited that it may go well, nervous that it won’t.

    Quite an important day. I HOPE I get over 150% anyway (10 sheep scanned for 15 lambs would be 150%). I am nervous as I haven’t had a good winter with the sheep and I’m a little worried that bad-luck may continue.

    I’ve taken the day off work so looking forward to it!

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