Clodagh Sheep Diary: Digitization Results Have Arrived


In this week’s Farmer Diary, Clodagh Hughes reflects on the holiday season, discusses the results of his herd scanning and preparing for lambing 2022.

Well, that’s it, folks; ban the recycling of wrapping paper and find glitter everywhere for a month!

Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of Christmas. I think it’s a great time for kids and families to reconnect, but, personally, I’m not celebrating it.

The Clodagh Sheep Diary

However, as I mentioned in my last entry, I am very excited about the results of my sheep’s pregnancy test. The results of this year are as good as ever.

My daughters made me proud, not to mention Mr. Woody the ram!

Each of my sheep is made of lamb and true to its form, there is a great number of them bearing multiples, among which I have some; a number of quads, triplets, many twins and the rest are singles.

These numbers will differ at lambing, as not all of these little lambs will survive births.

I will inevitably lose some in the first 24/48 hours after birth because it is a very high risk period for newborns.

Losses and workload

And guys, I know I’m repeating myself when I say: I take every loss real hard. However, I have come to accept that this is unfortunately an integral part of sheep farming.

And, as long as I know that I am doing my best at all times, I can accept these losses.

One thing is for sure, I will be very busy with my “surplus lamb club”.

My ewes will only be able to comfortably raise one or two lambs, so even with lambing losses, I will still have plenty of lambs to raise throughout the spring until they are ready. to be weaned.

I’ll have to buy at least one more bucket milk vending machine to make my life easier.

The types I use are very simple in design but effective in design, and when properly maintained they will last through every lambing season and are a huge help to this sheep farmer!

Preparation of the hangar and equipment

I must soon focus on the preparation of the hangar. I gathered almost all of my lambing things.

Also, wasting time, I will clean and sterilize all feeding equipment etc.

I could afford a few extra obstacles / gates which are very useful anytime I am working with sheep.

In other news, my daily routine is not too taxing at the moment although, since all my animals are still in the fields, I have to cart hay and flour in mud and dung because of it. recent rain.

Now I’m not complaining!

As you all know, I’m delighted to be able to release them again, but like everything in life, there are pros and cons.

At least that will keep me in shape. Although, I have to admit, I have landed on my butt more times than I would like to admit because of sliding in the mud… usually while carrying buckets of water that will end up spilling on me! You can have it for free!

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