We are coming to the end of lambing (only 8 left to lamb) and many people imagine that the hard work is done however this is not the case. Vigilant checking of stock and extra feed is vitally important make sure the ewes and lambs remain healthy. Once again, our old enemy, the weather is against us. Its mid May yet it feels like winter with biting cold winds and poor temperatures.
This lamb's mother has stopped producing milk so has been brought in to be hand reared.
Eleven days ago one of our sheep produced triplets. One of them was very small, his name is Tiny Titch and I hand reared him for eight days. When he was three days old his mother was turned out into the field with her two bigger and stronger lambs. Tiny Titch was left on his own in the pet lamb pen. Luckily we had one or two sheep with a lot of milk so I was able to feed him with a drop of the 'proper stuff' rather than the powered milk we usually mix up for pet lambs. He went through a bad patch at four days old when he suddenly lost the use of his back legs and was unable to stand. It did not look good but miraculously one afternoon he struggled to his feet and although it took him a while to regain co-ordination he has made a complete recovery.
Three days ago the ewe in the photo had twins but lost one and she has adopted Tiny Titch. She is a very quiet sheep and accepted him straight away.