Livestock, Working the land

Sheepy shenanigans

So…. back in February a Beulah speckled face sheep appeared on our yard…. we tried everything to find its owner, contacted ALL the agencies had animal health out, and the animal health lady checked her databases for us to try to trace the owner…. no avail… so we advertised on the gate post…. and fourteen days later she became ours…..

So we have a Wanda!!

Now Wanda is an amazing escapologist…. she has tested all and I mean ALL of our boundaries…. shown us EVERY possible spot that is even the slightest bit weak and gappy!!!

So we have had MANY trips to other fields coaxing her back with the bucket into the field we want her in and also trips further afield to neighbours’s land and the lane and the walking path to the next village even!!!!

We have used bit of baling twine, logs, old posts, brash, bits of old gates, everything to try and keep her in the one field…..

Then a neighbour struck on a fabulous idea…. poor beast is in need of a friend… ah ha!!! She only started to try and escape once the rental sheep went home…. so the neighbours gave us Baabara!!

And a few days later!!! And a little more baking twine and brash… (she had one last hoorah into the next door field thankfully of ours!!) Wanda and Baabara are happily in the one field!!

With their neighbours…. the rental ponies and their utterly gorgeous foals!!!

4 thoughts on “Sheepy shenanigans”

  1. Glad to see Wanda is getting settled, does she do the ‘how many times can I kick the water bucket over’ trick too?Baaabara looks scrumptious, will you get their fleeces to spin? Full time job for you with young lads as well , good luck, and lots of love xxx

    1. I shall be getting their fleeces for spinning!! Wanda doesn’t have much this year… but maybe next!! I’m thinking of sending Baabara’s off to be spun given the two small time eating monsters I have!! 😂 then I’ll dye the yarn from her fleece!! It looks fab wool BFL cross mountain I think!! Xx

  2. J > Get her to feed from your hand, and she’ll be all the more biddable. I note she has an ear tag : that should explicitly identify the breeder (and the paperwork chain at SAMU should lead you to … ) ; or is this YOUR flock tag (but then shouldn’t it be red?) Most mills require 20kg incoming minimum clean/sorted batch, so if you’ve only two sheep wouldn’t you have to combine with someone else to get their wool spun (or save up over several years)?

    1. She’s a fab sheep very biddable with the bucket and hand!! I had to use the bucket when I was pregnant and still do if I have the baby in the sling just till his jabs are done!! There was no paperwork chain for her the animal health etc all ran it down and only had a place of birth which was somewhere in England I think!! We need to sort our flock tags now and re the mill I have Alpaca fleeces times 2 and four large BFL fleeces coming soon too!! 😁 so plenty to send off!! The last mill I used sorted and did everything for me just at an additional cost!

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