Wednesday 16 April 2014

A bit of an incident

Lambing is now in full swing, so far we have 21, a mixture of Scottish Black face and Texel and Texel Jacob cross.

The blackies seem to like having single tup lambs whilst the lowland girls prefer girls, so much so the first four are all girls, which is great for me as it means they are keepers!

I had a bit of an incident on Monday whilst trying to catch a blackie ewe who was clearly having an issue lambing.  Why sheep can't stand still for you to help them like the alpacas do is beyond me.  Instead I spent two hours trying to catch the flipping thing in a 50 acre field, through the stream, down the bank and then over...

Thankfully I managed to escape without much damage and a very nice passerby who saw me come off came over to make sure I was ok and helped me right the quad again.  However I decided to pursue the sheep on foot for a while, still without success!

When Paul got back we managed with a two pronged attack to catch the poor girl and I eventually managed to get the lamb re positioned and deliver it, sadly it was dead.  Thankfully the ewe is ok and seems quite happy despite a pretty traumatic labour and nothing to show for it.

And I would like to say a big public thank you to my knight in shining armour whoever you were, it's nice to know there are still some great human beings out there.


Rosemary said...

Very glad you are okay.
I had exactly the same thing chasing after a Scottie and also ended up delivering a very large, very stuck dead lamb.
Hope all goes like clockwork from now on!

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

phew, glad you are o.k - have a good weekend!

Shirley said...

Oooooohhh! A narrow escape - glad you are OK. Shirley & Robbie

Andrew said...

Ouch ! Glad yo didn't get squished

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

You have been very lucky, thankfully no injuries....glad you are ok after your ordeal. Nice that someone came to help .... Jayne