NEWS - October 2015
The open day
The Open Day was a great success, it was a beautiful warm, sunny day, the sheep behaved themselves, Colin the Boar and Gloria the sow enjoyed all the extra attention, we met some old friends and gained some new supporters and raised just over £2,700. Tilly the Basset won second Prize in the Fun Dog show for being the Judges Favourite. Beatrice our 10 year old Alsatian was a very creditable 4th in the Best Rescue Class. The very first time Tilly was entered in one of these classes she mauled the Judges coat sleeve and was sent out in disgrace, so well done Tilly for not doing it again.
Two lovely, much loved pet sheep found their way to us when their owner re located from Yorkshire to a village close to us. The two sheep, both called Poppit arrived bearing gifts for us and for the other animals which included a very large box of ginger biscuits, their favourites. Kathy had rescued both of them as orphaned lambs and are the loves of her life. They arrived looking like two models, feet trimmed, coats brushed, eyes bright, shiny teeth. The other pet sheep who arrived a few weeks earlier eyed them with some suspicion to begin with, like us they had never seen a sheep being brushed like a horse or a dog. They're now all the best of mates, sharing sliced cabbage and ginger biscuits with no fighting.
Out foxing the fox
A few weeks ago one of our little rescued Bantam hens failed to come in at bedtime. We searched the whole area with no success and feared the worst, we have always had foxes living on and around the farm and she had taken to straying off away from the buildings. It was a sad time for all of us, she was a sweet, friendly little hen who had been hatched out on the farm. We eventually gave up all hope that we would see her again, and then one bright sunny morning who should come strutting into the yard but a very perky little bantam hen followed by 9 tiny newly hatched chicks. She had hidden herself so well that it wasn't only us who had failed to find her, but neither had the fox.
Rosie the sow
A few months ago this large, grumpy pink sow began showing signs of lameness in one leg. It's not the easiest thing to do to hold onto a grumpy pig weighing around 250 kilograms to examine it properly while she's deciding whether or not to chew through your leg. It soon became obvious the swelling in the leg arose from an infection in the foot. Rosie needed a long course of anti biotics. How to get them into her? The first lot of powder was mixed into her food which was a mixture of pig nuts, donated cakes and cooked vegetables. She sniffed it, stood in it, shoved Georgina the sow out of the way and ate her food. She eventually decided she would eat her medicine mixed in with mashed banana and a variety of fruits. Things didn't improve, Josie our Vet had no option but to amputate the infected toe or put her down as the infection was spreading. The operation was reasonably straightforward, anaesthetising the pig was the difficult bit as pigs are averse to having large needles stuck through tough skin an inch thick.
It took 6 months of trying to treat a very un co-operative sow to get the infection under control and to convince the sow that she could still use that foot. Eventually she realised that even with one digit removed she could still walk, get to her food and find her way to the wallow. She's now a contented sow, back to her old self.
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