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NEWS - April & May 2017

New arrivals

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A busy few weeks. We've recently taken in over 80 sheep, including lambs, one cockerel, one horse and several hens. 42 of the sheep were welfare cases. Ewes and lambs, all of varying ages and sizes, most of them hopping lame with infections in the feet. Some lambs were only able to take a few steps before lying down again because of the pain.

Over 70% of the sheep, including lambs, had a painful eye infection. Eyes were weeping and visibly sore, one ewe had an eye so badly affected it looked about to burst. There was no indication that any of these thin, hungry animals had been receiving any treatment, fleeces were hanging off the ewes, a sign that they were probably suffering from malnutrition.

We were given permission from Trading Standards officers to remove them and administer treatment.

When we showed them into the big barn, big straw bed, ad lib hay, feed in the troughs they looked as though they'd found heaven. It was so good to see them looking sheltered, warm and relaxed.

The lameness has now all gone, lambs are playing and bouncing about as lambs should, eye infections have almost cleared, even the ewe with the horribly swollen eye is looking so much better following an operation carried out by our Vet Josie. A very satisfying result, worth all the hard work that everyone here put into caring for them to get them better.

8 new ewes

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Much luckier sheep were eight ewes who had been treated as large wooly pets. All in nice condition, their owner reluctantly had to part with them for family health issues. They searched the Internet to find them a safe home and found us, owners were more than happy, sheep were happy and we were happy that we could find the space to keep them.

Doris and Donald

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An elderly ewe who came to us 5 months ago began looking suspiciously chubby. The chubby bit turned out to be a rather large lamb. It was thought that Doris was well past her best as a breeding ewe, she was unwanted and somehow managed to escape being sent on that final journey of no return. Doris proved them wrong, she's a good mum, she loves her boy and the best news is that he won't be taken away from her in a few months time.

Flora and Dora

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Not to be outdone, another old ewe we named Flora, brought in for welfare reasons, lambed a few days later. A lovely old ewe, she was bone thin, her fleece was thin and ragged, far too old to be bred from. We had our doubts about her being able to produce a live lamb because of the way she'd been kept and starved. She had a beautiful, tiny, perfect Snow White ewe lamb. She's lively, cheeky and much loved by a proud mum. We've named her Dora.

Barry

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A small lamb was seen lying by the side of a busy lane, not moving. A young man driving past spotted him and ran to pick him up before he was hit by a vehicle.

He and his girlfriend took him home and nursed him for a few days, naming him Barry and falling in love with him. Very reluctantly they realised he would be happier living with his own kind, he needed sheep friends, and found us.

Josie our Vet found him a little friend. She was one of triplets born on a farm Josie was visiting. The farmer was happy to hand her over, ewes do much better when they only have two lambs to feed and it saved him having to bottle feed her.

She's been named Evelyn, she and Barry are the terrible twosome. They rampage round the barn, use slumbering pensioners as trampolines and generally cause havoc until bedtime when they're ushered back into their pen. You can hear the old sheep breathing a sigh of relief, until next time.

Soay sheep

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The owners of these pretty little sheep decided they could no longer afford to breed from them and keep them through another winter. We took in 12 ewes and 15 lambs, the prettiest little things, they look as though they've just stepped out of a Disney film. The boys will now all have to be castrated, which will be better than the fate of previous male lambs. They were put into the freezer.

Tilly

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Finally, we found room for a much loved elderly mare, Tilly. Again a change in circumstances meant that her owner was struggling to give her the continuing care that she needed. Although in her twenties Tilly was fit and well, certainly not ready for the "Knackers " yard. She's teamed up with Arnie, who has been losing his sight for a number of years and was in need of a sensible companion. She's fitted the bill perfectly so we have two, very contented, equine friends.

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