Turning Ewes and lambs out or onto new grass, nothing like it, baby lambs jumping about in the sun..
Sometimes you get a Ewe, that for whatever reason doesn’t take to her lamb, you find the poor thing shivering, or not responding at all, and in need of help. So what do you do, you stick it in the oven obviously... Don’t worry it’s not as bad as it sounds, if the poor little thing is hypothermic you need to get colostrum into it as quickly as you can and get it warm the obvious place is the bottom oven of the Aga. Just until it’s warmed up and can go back to its mother.
As farmers there is nothing we want less than bottle fed lambs, it means something has gone wrong, either their mother has not made it or she is not able to feed them. So we have to make a decision, do we keep them on the mother and top them up, or do we take one away so the other has a better chance.. We do what we think is right at the time.. Only time tells if it was... On the positive side the children thinks its wonderful, they get a new pet to play with..