Hydref 2004 October

Wellies And Wheelbarrows

Having spent a lot of time and effort over the last few weeks trying to get the ewes and rams in the peak of condition ready for tupping, you can imagine my frustration when one of my rams decided to go lame a few days prior to his big day. For the majority of the year the rams are required to do nothing more than eat and sleep and they tend to cause one no trouble. However, the minute I need them to earn their keep all sorts of ailments appear. The three yearling rams I bought last week have spent every day patrolling the fences, desperate to get to the ewes. So when I turned them into a bunch of ewes yesterday, they piled in heads down and tight together like the legendary Pont y Pool front row. They then proceeded to sniff the ewes backsides (I’m not sure if the Pont y Pool front row got up to that sort of thing) curled their top lips and promptly started beating the living daylights out of each other. (Now THAT sounds like the Pont yPool front row - Ed.) I watched them for a while and finally decided they’d sort it out for themselves and left them to it.

With a bit of a lull in the farming calendar I took the opportunity to catch up with a few unfinished jobs. I’ve worked on my new shed on and off through the year and have nearly completed it and would have done had I not decided to concrete a small yard where the cattle exercise through the winter. Whilst concreting the yard I managed to break the cement mixer and now have a half concreted yard as well as an incomplete shed.

Mr. Woodhall (the Vet.) called earlier on in the month to pregnancy diagnose the cows and I was most disappointed with the results. Although he thought possibly it was a bit early after service to determine pregnancy and therefore the results could not be guaranteed, I brought the bull back to the cows just to be certain. I haven’t seen him show any interest in the cows since his return and I’m hoping this is a good sign and that I’ll get better results when Mr. Woodhall returns next month.

Gareth Llan.
© Copyright Gareth Bryan - 2004

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