I will be in the mood soon to write more on my March Challenges but if you do not hear more from today, its because I am not a happy camper today..
It is with a sad heart that I write this morning.. but its also with a flicker of anger as well.. Stress is eating at my gut at the moment.. Frustration has my face pulled in and frown on my mouth..
I should be happy sort of, (more on that later) but instead I am feeling all the above and more..
Morning farm chores and check, all was well on my little farm..
Lunch water and check, I had a calling mom but in truth I did not think it anything new, when the momma all run out when I call, sometimes it takes a trip back and forth to get the lambs up and down, sometimes they stand in the barn door way and call back and forth and the momma has to run back and get them.. O how I wish I had started looking at that time.. but I did not..
Late Afternoon-Evening Chores, we have a missing lamb.. my second oldest born, a lovely big ram lamb, already a month plus old, strong, healthy and already nibbling creep feed, hay and been out in the pasture with the flock and its mom for a couple weeks..
GONE, just GONE.. No signs, No blood, No Wool, nothing.. everything is a sheet of ice, hard packed snow, if the dog was tracking correctly, it jumped over my hotline topped sheep fence and trotted down my big pasture, and went back the same way it came.
I guess I should not be THAT surprised, first I have a issue with my ducks getting took, and I had to move them all into the outside pens and lock them down, then something came in and ripped into my rabbit hutch and took my rabbit, we did extra work on that and I thought I had it figured out, at least until I wanted to free range my birds
I guess if I took away the fowl and the rabbits, I should have thought, they will go after lamb next.. but the horses are very protective of the flock, and the hounds pee mark the fence line and I am home and in and out all day long..
NOPE, it came in broud daylight, despite it all and still GONE.. and its the gone that is driving me nuts..
As a farmer, If I do not know for sure how they did it, how can I fix it, how can prevent it again, what can I do different to protect the sheep and lambs better.. Its my job to keep them safe..
We locked them up last night but they needed to come out today, but I am going to let them feed, and be in and out a lot, they need a certain amount of time to eat the required amount of hay, some of it can be hauled to the barn but they need the sun, the fresh air and I want them to mainly pee and poo outside as well.
So on with the good news.. finally my jugged up expecting ewe had her baby, a massive single woolie lamb, truly this is a BIG baby.. Strong, active, nursing well and momma is doing well. Bonding with momma, given how big the bag is on momma sheep, I am hoping to do some milk sharing with her.
Back to my day..