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NEWS - October & November 2017

Open day

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Following a fairly miserable summer, the September forecast was more promising. The first two days of the month were warm and sunny, on the third day, the day of our once a year Open Day, the clouds rolled in and it began to drizzle with rain, very wet drizzle, which managed to keep going for most of the day.

Despite this, we still had a very good turnout, lots of damp people walking around with smiles on their faces. The animals didn't mind, they all had shelter and some of them came close to overdosing on Rich Tea biscuits, thanks to visitors.

Overall it was a good day, the calf sponsorship event was successful, all six calves found sponsors and were given names, they are now Sebastian, Harvey, Charlie, Duke, Eli and Jack.

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Thanks to their very generous sponsors these fast growing, lively, contented young boys will have their milk and special feed bills met until they're weaned onto less costly feed.

New Animals

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We've now been joined by Marlem, a very upstanding, very handsome young sheep. Last Spring someone found him as a young lamb, lying in the bottom of a ditch, too weak to move. When she saw him Charlotte didn't hesitate, she managed to lift him out of the ditch and carry him home. He had flystrike, maggots were invading his small body, wounds were becoming infected, he was thin and very dehydrated. After cleaning his wounds Charlotte felt he would be lucky to survive the night, she left him to rest in a clean, warm bed with access to food and water. The following morning she found Marlem sitting up, looking around him and ready to eat and drink.With round the clock care Marlem went from strength to strength. He wore a small dog coat to keep him warm, he began to go outside, he found his feet and began to play with Charlottes' dogs. He became a cheeky, boisterous, confident lad , Charlotte realised sadly, that he needed to be with other sheep, we had space.

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He's grown into a very big, solid boy who loves human company and food, we're happy he's found his way here.

Shortly after Marlem came to us we were asked to take in some young ducks, a male and his four ladies.

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We were told that they had been owned by an elderly lady who was no longer able to care for her animals, a new safe home for the ducks was hard to find. We had space, providing our current male, Mr. Drake, accepted them without challenging the new male to a challenge of Beaks at Dawn. The new ducks settled in very well, they quickly learnt that they had to be second at the food bowl and definitely second in the bathtub.

The new barn is now in use, the middle aged sheep in residence have space, deep straw beds, fresh air and a good view of the van arriving with their weekly rations. What sheep could ever ask for more?

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All the rescued sheep we took in earlier this year have survived and thrived.The last twelve, ewes and lambs who were all suffering from horrendous flystrike, have not only survived but are now looking in peak condition. Some of them will bear the scars caused by the damage for the rest of their lives, but in their heads they have put the damage and neglect caused by one human being behind them. They are friendly, trusting, and confident, a tribute to the staff and our Vet who not only dressed their wounds daily but showed them that not all humans are the same.

There is now a good chance that this case will be taken to Court. These things always take time, but we're very hopeful of a good outcome, preferably one where the owner will be banned for life from keeping sheep.

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Bramley and Apple were taken in as small piglets In July, they were given away as part of a debt. Something you don't hear every day, " I can't pay you in pounds but I can pay in piglets".

They were kept on land adjoining the house of the lucky recipient for many years, until a change of circumstances meant that the pigs were about to become homeless.

The situation was urgent, a new home or the butcher, fortunately for these two middle aged sows we happened to have a recently vacated paddock. They're pleasant old girls, not a lot of trouble to look after, all they want is regular dinners, a stroll around the paddock if the weather's nice, a wallow, and a good straw bed.

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