2006 March


Last week everything on the Llan was going to plan. The hedge I was laying had been completed and a stretch of fencing had been repaired. I’d even got around to fixing the granary door (it had only been off its hinges for two years). The day to day routine was ticking over nicely, the cows were contented and I was certain I’d done everything possible to coax a successful lambing out of the ewes.

One week later and things didn’t look quite so rosy. The last set of twins arrived unaided and the subsequent suicide of one of the pair also required no help from me. (Lying under the feed trough was not the best decision that lamb made in its short life). The second set of twins didn’t fair much better either. One of them spent 24 hours keeping warm in the Rayburn and a further two days being nursed in the kitchen, only to drop dead just when I thought he was getting better.

So far the few ewes that have lambed outside have managed to do so without any trouble. The only minor set back occured when I was trying to catch a lame ewe. I have to admit I was surprised at the speed she could move, but then I suppose Moss hanging on her tail gave her all the incentive she needed to step on the gas. I made a grab for her with the crook, totally missed and only succeeded in breaking the crook against the gate post. It was then that I decided if she could move at that speed there wasn’t much wrong with her in the first place and gave up trying to catch her.

No matter how well you prepare for lambing one of the biggest factors in its success is the weather. Cold, wet weather can double the workload which invariably leads to a sense of humour breakdown and a generally miserable time for all concerned (especially the dogs). With this in mind I’ve been getting increasingly irritated by the BBC news readers harping on about drought in the South East and the need for plenty of rain. Somebody should tell Natasha Kaplinski and friends it’s lambing time and dry weather is what is required.

At the moment the lambs are not coming very fast and I’m quite enjoying the sedate pace. However, in the next few days they will pick up speed and with bad weather forecast, I just know all hell is about to break loose.

Gareth Llan.
© Copyright Gareth Bryan 2006

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