This is where we spent most of our Sunday and it’s ‘that’ time of the year again.
I guess there is a few ‘that’ times of the year on a farm, but this particular ‘that’, is lamb marking.
This year, we have about 10,000 lambs to mark. No small number and it will take weeks, so we have to stay on top of it, which will mean heading the sheep yards whenever the lambs are ready.
Of course in-between times, there’s things like a crop to get in, some crutching to do and weighing up old seasons (and some new seasons) lambs… So basically, it’s a really busy time from now up until harvest has finished.
Weasel LOVES lamb marking. For a male dog, he is surprisingly maternal and spends a lot of time nosing the marked lambs to get up and pushing them over to find their mums!
Wally and Wombat love lamb marking time too. Well actually, they just love sheep work, it doesn’t matter what type it is!
I will just add in here, that when we are marking crossy lambs (meat lambs), we don’t musle because often they will be turned into chops before we will have a fly problem with them.
This mob however, we did musle the ewe lambs because we’ll be keeping these as replacement ewes. We do this as humanly as possible and in line with all the rules.
The kids aren’t as keen on it as the dogs, but they get in and pull their weight. Hayden had a red hot go at tagging the lambs this year – we don’t usually let the kids work on the cradle, just because it slows us down and when you’ve got a full day in front of you, it’s easier to let them go off and play, explore and do what kids do.
So what did you do with your Sunday?
*Thanks to my daughter Rochelle, who took these photos, as part of her ‘homework’ for photography!