After a few showers Saturday morning that lingered over from Friday’s all day downpour, it cleared off and turned into a beautiful weekend! It was a pleasant surprise and perfect for what was on the agenda – sheep maintenance! The lambs needed their booster shots, the adults needed their feet trimmed, and everyone needed wormed. A BIG task!
Katlin, a friend, and I had the task of vaccinating and worming while my husband trimmed feet.
This little device was a huge time saver and I highly recommend it for anyone that has more than 10 sheep. It is an Auto Drencher from Premier Sheep Supplies and works great for worming. It allows you to worm without filling up the syringe after each animal and when you have 92 sheep to worm that is a beautiful thing 🙂 Holy cow, that is a LOT of sheep!!! When did that happen???
Kate would patiently wait for us until we needed to move the next group.
We finished the ewes and lambs on Saturday and they enjoyed the sunshine on Sunday.
Which left the big boys and little boys for Sunday.
There are only 3 big boys, but I think they were harder on my husband than the 35 ewes he trimmed the previous day.
Sometimes the horns come in handy and sometimes they are just plain difficult to manuever around.
Trimming their feet is much like cutting your fingernails and is painless for them. A little bit is taken off the edges and the front and makes it easier for them to walk.
I leave you with this picture of our barn. Linda had asked if the pretty red barn in the background was our barn, sadly no, but for practical reasons I LOVE this barn. Our property was an old chicken farm and we had 4 of these barns – we had 3 removed. The dimensions are 52′ x 320′ and the back 1/3 is set-up for the sheep.
I hope you enjoyed your weekend!