Farms, quiet? No way!

First fire of the season

First fire of the season

It’s a bit chilly in our neck of the woods! Over the weekend, our temps dropped well below 15 degrees – in fact there was one time I looked at the weather station and I saw 13c. Winter is well on it’s way.

Autumn is lambing  and these girls below, have had their lambs, they’re marked and now the ewes are being crutched, so there is no chance of fly-strike.

half and half!

half and half!

The ones in the long race are being herded into the shed to have the wool around their rump shorn away. The wool, when wet and in humid weather is warm – beautiful for flies to lay their eggs and maggots to emerge.

Clean bums!

Clean bums!

No chance of any flies around the bum area on this lot!

Now anyone who thinks a farm is a quiet place, just have a listen to this video. The ewes and lambs have been split for about 12 hours. Lambs are hungry, mum’s udder is tight and full and she’s hungry too and on top of all of that, they actually have to find their kids in amongst another five hundred kids! (In farmer-speak it’s called ‘mothering up’) Anyway, have a listen to the noise and then spare a thought for The Boss and I who spent all day listening to it!

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