We have sheep on our land.
When we first arrived here the paddocks had not had stock on them for a while and the fields were covered in knee high carrot weed.
This was a bit of a surprise as the former owner had offered to mow it for us, but this had not transpired.
To city refugees, such as ourselves, how we were going to get the paddocks sorted and what to do with them was quite a headache. Yes, we had no idea. Luckily, new neighbours put us right, ” Just put a sign up that says grazing available, and whomever takes the land on will sort it,” they said.
And that is exactly what happened. A local herd manager took it on: hay was made and sheep were delivered. Three years on and this arrangement is going well.
And us? We are quite the pros. No longer do we run around like headless chooks when a lamb breaches the fence. We know it won’t stray far from its mum. And we can get it back into the paddock with (limited) drama.
It is June now. The ewes are pregnant. We know this as we have been party to Mr Ram’s amorous attempts to have his way with his ladies in February/March.
This year he had a keen as adolescent ram to contend with. That young ram didn’t get a look in.
But his jealousy wasn’t just reserved for the young ram.
The man dared to wander into the paddock. The ram charged, stopping short a few inches from the man. His message loud and clear ‘Nobody, but nobody, comes near my ladies!’.
He is forgiven. In a month or two, we will have his lambs playing in our fields. And they are gorgeous.