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Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
I must be going soft ....
« on: January 27, 2013, 09:52:43 am »
My ewes are 8 weeks off lambing but I looked at the fields yesterday afternoon, which are as wet as fields can be without being flooded, not helped by 30cm of snow melting in less than 24 hours, then looked at the weather forecast, which was for very high winds and 9 hours' heavy rain overnight, and I listened to the little voice in the back of my mind that said, "Bring 'em in the shed." 

Now off to justify my softness by putting them through the race while they're dry so I can check their feet and condition score them .....


  • Joined Mar 2010
  • Just when I thought I'd settled down...!
Re: I must be going soft ....
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2013, 11:24:21 am »
Well, you don't want to poach up your fields do you?  :innocent:


  • Joined Feb 2012
  • South Lincolnshire
Re: I must be going soft ....
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2013, 03:02:27 pm »
Absolutely. I listen to the little voice quite regularly.


  • Joined Jul 2008
Re: I must be going soft ....
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2013, 03:14:09 pm »
Marches- it's not just you! ;D   
I cracked yesterday and brought 12 ewes home from their swamp.  I hosed the mud off their legs and some are quite sore - just too much time in mud and cold? ???   
But last night they were curled up in the stable, laying down on straw with their eyes closed, blissfully calm.  8 weeks until lambing so they will get TLC from now on...this lot are mainly first-timers. :fc:


  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Pen Llyn
    • Viable Self
Re: I must be going soft ....
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2013, 03:54:15 pm »
Not bring soft. If you are feeding them anyway, and they are wading around up to their bellies in mud, they are as well off in as out. Lots of people locally have brought their ewes in well ahead of lambing.
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  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: I must be going soft ....
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2013, 05:41:47 pm »
Mine are all out in the snow but they are Shetland and it isn't too muddy and they have a massive round bale of our hay which they looooove and a big water bucket and mineral lick - if they didn't have that and I was in your position I would bring in sheep too!!!


  • Joined Jan 2008
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Carmarthenshire/Pembrokeshire border
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Re: I must be going soft ....
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2013, 06:51:30 pm »
Bringing our gang in on Tuesday/Wednesday.    I love it when they're all in and tucked up in the straw happily cudding away.  Bliss.
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  • Joined May 2010
  • nr Lauder, Scottish Borders
Re: I must be going soft ....
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2013, 07:53:16 pm »
Good for ewe.  If you didn't do it, it would still be niggling you when you go to bed  :D
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  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Durham
Re: I must be going soft ....
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2013, 09:44:02 pm »
Your not being soft at all. Sometimes that little voice in the head is just niggling us about something we aren't too comfortable with. Once we follow the advice we feel much more settled.


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