NEWS - May 2015
Bubble the lamb
Bubble the lamb, born on a local farm last season attempted to escape a routine injection by jumping into a hayrack. Unfortunately this resulted in her shattering the bones in her foreleg. Treatment was going to be costly with no guarantee that it would be successful. Her owner was a caring man but to have her treated was just not commercially viable, when we offered to have her he was more than happy that she would be given the chance to recover and not have to be put down. She was X-rayed and a cast put on, put into her own secure pen in the barn and given painkillers. All went well, the cast was exchanged for bandages, she was weight bearing and then she decided to jump out into the pensioners bedroom which didn't please them. We decided that she was well enough to go out into one of the small paddocks with a few of the older sheep. Given her freedom after months of being penned, Bubble decided that it would be a very good idea to bounce around like something possessed. She was soon standing on three legs and is now back in her pen, having fractured different bones. Should this fracture not heal Bubble will have the leg amputated, something that we know has been done successfully many times before on pet sheep, so do watch this space.
Lady Derpy Doo
This little lamb with the strange name? was brought to us by two American veterinary students who are studying at Edinburgh University. They came across her while carrying out their practical lambing experience on local farms. The little white lamb had been orphaned, she was in a pen with other orphans who were fed from an automatic milk dispenser. She became friendly and people orientated, she shouted to be picked up held like a baby when she would then quickly fall asleep. The two vets, Morgan and Jenny fell in love with her, they weren't happy that she was eventually going to have to face that final journey to the slaughterhouse when she was only a few months old. We were contacted and were delighted to be able to say yes to having her, a perfect companion to Hero, the blind orphan lamb we took in 3 weeks earlier.
The two girls hired a car and drove down from Edinburgh, had a cup of tea, gave Lady Derpy Doo lots of cuddles and yes she did fall asleep, and set off all the way back home. Well done girls, we wish you all the success with your studies, you'll make brilliant vets.
Juno,Vesta and Lucky
These stunning looking sheep are Lincoln Longwools. Images of sheep very similar to the Longwool appear on a page of the famous Luttrell Psalter. Much of the historic wealth of this country came from the export of the rich, lustrous fleece of the Longwool, they then gradually fell out of favour shortly after World war two when the export market collapsed and synthetic fibres came into use. By 1970 the breed was almost extinct. Breed promotion efforts brought them back into favour, since then flock registration numbers have continued to rise. Our lovely ladies are Juno,Vesta and Lucky. They came to us from a local breeder and had all been destined for the slaughterhouse via Market. Juno had had a cesarean so couldn't be bred from again, Vesta had slept on her lambs and suffocated them so she was an irresponsible mother, and Lucky wasn't up to breed standard. Twice Lucky was being loaded into a trailer to go to Market, twice she made her escape. Their owner was pleased that we wanted to take them but like all commercial breeders of animals, sentiment doesn't come into it, if the animal is non productive it has to go.
New Chicken House
Friend and volunteer Ann sells the eggs from our rescued hens, many of them ex battery hens. Many of our present hen houses are fairly ancient and falling apart and have been patched up so often they resembled something you'd find in a skip at your local recycling centre. Money from the eggs has been spent on a new, state of the art secure hen house, which Tilly the Basset likes to claim as her own when no one is looking. She also likes to steal the egg from any hen unfortunate enough to lay when Tilly pays a visit.
Pay Roll Giving
We are constantly in need of donations to help with our running costs. Pay Roll Giving is a good way to set up a monthly donation. If you would please consider this take a look at www.payrollgiving.co.uk. Thank you.