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NEWS - March 2018

Still the winter weather continues to batter us. We've had a few scattered days of sunshine, just enough to begin to raise the spirits, and now snow, hard frosts and more snow.

Thousands have lambs have had to endure these conditions since the beginning of the year, the industry has to provide for the much awaited Spring lamb bonanza, what the public wants the public must have.

On the other hand, here in the shelter of our New Big Barn we're awaiting our first lambs to be born from our miracle rescued ewes. Waiting for them are deep straw beds, best quality hay, special vitamins for mums, and round the clock care, and I'm sure there'll be more than one lamb forced to endure being picked up and cuddled inside someone's jumper.

We know from previous experience that had we not taken them these ewes would have been left out to lamb in a barren field, with no shelter, very little extra food, and hardly any supervision.

Deaths would have been inevitable, so although we know that they're going to eat us out of house and home and test our stamina to the limits, we none of us would have it any other way.


At last we managed to bring back the final two sheep belonging to the person who received the lifetime ban. He defied the order and kept back an old ewe and an old ram, with the intention of building up a flock again. Unless we could actually catch him with the sheep and film him there was nothing we could do, obviously we couldn't have surveillance on the field for 24 hours a day and couldn't set up a camera as that would have gone against his human rights.

All that needs to be said is that following another fit of temper (his) we we told to collect the two sheep, so welcome home Harry and Hilda, to join the rest of your flock. If Harry is looking a little bit macho, he is the one single handedly responsible for all these pregnant ladies, including of course Hilda.


Last month we took a call from a Vets surgery In Gloucester. They had been called out to a duck who had decided to take a rest in the middle of a main road. Fortunately said duck decided to sit quietly and not try to cross the road until a Vet nurse was dispatched to collect her. She was not only a sitting duck, she was pretty little Muscovy duck who had no objections to being picked up and taken back to the surgery where she was carefully examined for signs of injury.

She was a lucky duck and has now joined our mixed rabble of ducks, geese and lone cockerel who by now must think he's a duck. What do you call a duck who has left the safety of a pond, companions, and decided to take a break in the middle of a busy highway. Daffy?


When Malcolm and Adele looked through their window one spring morning into nearby farmland they could see all wasn't well. Two tiny lambs were huddled together looking cold and miserable, there was no sign of any mum with them.

All the other lambs in the field had mums giving them warmth and shelter, these two had no one and were pushed away by the other ewes. They told the farmer, he told them they were orphans and he would be taking them inside to be fed. He never did, and for a couple of long days they watched as the lambs became weaker until it became obvious that without help they would both die.

They brought them into their home, quickly learning how to care for two tiny, very vulnerable lambs who were worth so little to the farmer he was pleased to see the back of them.


They were given names, Alfie and Henry, they thrived, they grew, they developed their own personalities and were very much loved. After many months Malcolm and Adele realised that their growing boys were outgrowing their surroundings. We were contacted and asked if we could take them, a hard decision for them to have to make.

Henry and Alfie, (the shyer one) arrived in good shape after a long journey from County Durham, and have settled in with a small group of recently rescued boys.

Another act of kindness, two more lives saved. Priceless!

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