Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Oh yes, more sheep and lambs!

 It was Rosie's shift in the lambing shed today, I learnt that pregnant sheep (not sure that is the right-term for animals) can be calcium deficient and one of the indications is that the ewe cannot stand. Rosie comforted the sheep whilst encouraging the lambs to feed, before  David gave the ewe a potion he equated to "Red Bull" followed by a rather large calcium based injection.  Feeding time was something else, the racket all the sheep made, filled the lambing shed. One of the ewes climbed up on the pen when she realised  sheep food was being served, a special high  protein treat and good for nursing ewes.  Sheep also suffer from post-natal depression and when I arrived in the lambing shed Rosie was busy, feeding one very sad ewe, ivy leaves to treat the blues. It was soon time to give another ewe a hand with lambing.  I am now getting to recognise the signs of second stage of ewe labour!!  Thank-you Rosie for teaching me all sorts of interesting things about sheep and good luck with your finals. 



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