Meet Francis the sheep and Sarah our assistant. Sarah is monitoring Francis underneath our makeshift shelter while he receives his fluid therapy. Francis had been diagnosed with acute polioencephalomalacia (PEM). Francis was seizuring when we arrived. We placed an intravenous catheter, administered diazepam to stop his seizuring, provided immediate thiamine supplementation, fluids, steroids and antibiotics.
His seizuring stopped fairly quickly but his neurological function was significantly impaired. We are crossing our fingers that Francis pulls through! His incredibly amazing owners are going above and beyond to provide him with lots of TLC and supportive care.
Number 1. Nobel fellows Mary Bo peep Sauv Blanc. What a lovely drop this is. Tropical passionfruit and citrus flavours. Finishing with a distant mineral citrus notes and crisp acidity. And have a look at this fun label. I’m loving this range. 2 more to unveil in the following days.
Livestock auctions are places where animals are sold to buyers and often sent to slaughter shortly after. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They’re viewed from an audience of people who begin to bid on them. They’ll be sold to someone and have their life cut short so that consumers can eat their bodies or wear their wool. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
They are sold either on their own or in groups of anywhere from 2 to around 50 at a time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These 2 in particular were so scared. They were covered in spray paint to show buyers that they had been forcibly impregnated. They kept crying out for help and staring into the crowd confused about what’s happening. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This here is slavery. Slavery by definition is: “a condition compared to that of a slave in respect of exhausting labor or restricted freedom.”
They deserve to have rights to the autonomy of their own bodies and to live a life free from exploitation. Say no to lamb (meat from sheep 14 months or younger), mutton (meat from sheep older than 14 months), wool or sheep’s milk. They don’t deserve this 😔 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I just have a little time to think about the past couple of days! There was a lot going on! As you know Dr. Comyn came all the way from Virginia to teach about laparoscopic artificial insemination in small ruminants. Big thank you to him since he brought a lot of expertise as well as patience to teach us. However besides the practical teaching I think our discussions about our profession and practices was also very educational and encouraging. It’s always a pleasure to learn from someone who has way more miles on his truck. I think Dr. Comyn seeded a few ideas in my head and I am grateful and thankful that he came and taught me not only AI in ruminants. Thank you so much Dr. Comyn - you are very appreciated. Dr. V.
Little miss Penny girl decided to give us a snuggly little gift right before we leave for 2 weeks! Can't wait to get a closer look and some snuggle time before bed tonight. ❤ Super blurry because we're trying to give then some space until we know this little baby doesn't have a sibling on the way! 🐑🐑 #pastureraisedsheep#sheepofinstagram#specialdelivery#babyanimals#farmlife
After a busy month with their lady friends, our rams, Rohan and Ragnar, emerged from the barn on Friday morning to discover their paddocks sadly devoid of company. The breeding ewes had joined the rest of the flock in their regular winter paddocks, and the boys had only Miranda and I to look to for answers. (Our bad.) *
These are two of the sweetest rams you'll ever meet, and they were very eager to get some love and reassuring scratches from their shepherdess, after taking in their new circumstances. That's a pretty stark transition after all--from ram nirvana, to standing in a winter pasture as the snow falls to the ground silently—with only your memories left to echo in the lonely hours until next breeding season. * (It is possible that I am projecting.)
Izzy ❤️ The little dorper lamb we rescued Wednesday night is doing so well! Her leg/hip issue she arrived with that caused some mobility issues, corrected itself after just one day. We often see that in very young goat kids and lambs, they simply just need time to “unfold” She is eating well and is bright and playful and quickly becoming BFFs with Noelle! **Izzy (as with all of our young goats and lambs) will NOT be available for adoption until she is at least a few months old and she will only be available for adoption alongside lamb Noelle #lamb#rescuelamb#sheepofinstagram#rescue#adoptdontshop
We, and the sheep, are in love with our new bale unroller! In the past, we’ve bale-grazed in our winter paddocks by carrying hay over on the bale spear, and then trying to convince a flock of hungry sheep to back up, and give us room to put the thing down. They grew unfazed to the mild chirp of the tractor horn, and though we never squished anyone, we had a few close calls! Plus, as the flock has grown, the crowd around the bale can get pushy and competitive, and the smaller sheep, can get shoved out. (Though the smartest and proudest girls have always climbed on top of the bale and eaten from the top down.👌) *
The bale unroller allows us to bring a full bale inside the paddock, set it down safely, and unroll it. It makes for an epically long buffet where all the sheep, big and small, can spread out and get their fill. And, we’re able to better protect the soil by rotating where bales are unrolled and hooves meet the ground. *
Hurray for low-tech, high-impact!
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Get ready for some serious cute (and also serious LGD puppy naughty 😂) on this #throwbackthursday !
Miss Maedae was only a few months old here and in her secure pen which allowed her to learn the livestock are not all that exciting (we call this desensitizing in the training world!) and where the livestock could learn that white ball of firey fluff isn’t all that scary!
As you can see, two days in, it didn’t take very long for the lambs to trust her.. maybe a bit too much 🤦🏻♀️😅
You never ever just put LGD puppies in with their charge and call it a day. That will never end well. Not for you, your puppy, or your stock. You must set both your puppy and your charge up for success! Training and raising LGD puppies is my passion and I love teaching and helping others with their LGD journey!
It isn’t uncommon for puppies to want to chase and play with stock and both of these undesired behaviors are very self-rewarding and must not be permitted. So, the pen serves a truly great and very important purpose!
Puppies spend their days hanging out in that indoor/outdoor pen within the small stock pasture with the exception of several small training sessions throughout the day on tether with me, around the stock. Where I capture any desirable behaviors, sometimes putting commands to them, and where I redirect any undesirable behaviors, teach obedience, and let them blow off much needed puppy zoomie steam!
At night, I bring my young puppies back up to the house until morning chores when I walk them back down with me to their pen. Most old school LGD folk would gasp at this method, but I have found this increases our bond very early on, builds our relationship and trust, and makes for more secure, confident, and well adjusted puppies.
Over the course of the first few months with me, I gradually work towards transitioning my LGD puppies out full time with their charge when I feel they are ready.
I am very hands-on with my LGDs and it shows. We have an incredibly special bond, work together effortlessly without words, and they are the best part of my days! Those LGDs are the single most important part of my Farm.
I hope this video made you smile!