Friday, 1 May 2009
On the farm in May.
May on the farm is a quiet time now that lambing is nearly finished, there are still one or two stragglers left but most of the ewes and their growing lambs are out in the fields.My daughter is still feeding her pet lambs , but they are gradually being weaned onto sheep feed. The grass has started to grow and so we breath a sigh of relief as Winter is over again.
During this month the sheep are relieved of any dirty wool (this is called dodding or dagging)this helps enormously by keeping the fleeces clean for next month's work of shearing. As the ewes are spruced up the lambs are marked with the farmer's indelible mark , in the hope that non go astray. Once this work is completed they hopefully enjoy some May sunshine.
It is a good time to tackle any maintenance work and so I often see my husband carrying fencing posts and tools to repair damages in fences and stone walls that have occurred.