Saturday, March 31, 2007

We were on the BBC again last week..........a lot! BBC Somerset Sound wanted to record a day in the life of a sheep farmer at lambing time and it was quite a day! The reporter arrived at 6.30am ready for my early morning trip to the lambing shed! I was a bit aprehensive as sheep like to lamb in the hours before dawn for some perverse reason and you never know quite what you might find has happened whilst you were getting a couple of hours sleep! Luckily no one had lambed.....disapointing for the Beeb but a relief to be honest for me!
We then sorted out a ewe that had lambed the day before, trimming her feet, worming her and applying spray to prevent flystrike, and then applying the rubber ring to the lambs tail that makes it shrivel and drop off............of course i had to explain in great detail what I was doing and the sheep were required to baa a lot.....radio you know!!
We then visited the nursery field to see all the ewes and their lambs and lots of baaing was encouraged with a shake of a bucket of sheep nuts!
Back to my kitchen for breakfast and then off to a farm sale to possibly buy sheep or equipment!...............The reporter was warming to his task and I had to be interviewed inspecting lots and talking about the sheep on sale..................much to the bemusement of half of the farming community of Somerset and Dorset!!
Several people heard it all spread over several days on the breakfast show during the last week and reports have been good................for which I am truely thankful as half the farmers of Somerset seem to listen to it!!!..................and as one of the minority female sheep farmers in a male dominated industry I had to get it right or my street cred would not be good............they already tend to be suspicious of my pink wellies!!!

We have had some lovely lambs..........and our Ouessant ewe has a little ewe lamb today........Derek is a dad!......................and here are the first pics at 6 hours old!

Also as promised some pics of my lambs.........trying to get them to stand still is a bit difficult as they prefer to hurtle around the field in big gangs, much to the despair of their mothers!
Here is number seven posing and part of a group playing on the tractor ruts.

2 comments:

Fabrice et Irene said...

Hello Val,

Thanks for leaving a message in my blog to help me find you.

This blog's lovely, and yes, your life's a bit like ours.

Did you have woofers in France ?

Val said...

I have loads of French Wwoofers!!
I have also wwoofed in France, with Daniel le Couteur in the Pyrenees