Saturday, 29 January 2011

Back to the daily grind

Firstly I want to apologise - in my last post I neglected to say thanks for all the lovely comments and good wishes for my 1 year blog anniversary a couple of posts back.  Oops - so THANKS for stopping by to visit with me both then and now.

It's been a while since I shared any sheep pics here - after having our US relatives visiting, I now really appreciate how fascinating some of you out there find sheep!!  I could say I wonder why - most of the time they are lots of hard work, and not always that well behaved - but they are also our livelihood, and it's something to be proud of to have bred a flock that is performing well.

This is rounding up a mob of about 800 lambs a few days ago, they are improving with age, a month ago they were not at all fun to work with, running in all different directions, and almost impossible to get through gates and into the yards.  Very hard work for farmers and dogs!
Sorry about this next pic, sun was at the wrong angle, but this is following them up the lane........

and finally, got them, safely shut into the yards.
 We spent the day weighing these and two other mobs, the heaviest ones were trucked the next day to the works, and the rest were sorted into two lines of medium and lighter weights in preparation for shearing them next week.  If I get organised I'll try and get some pics of shearing.

Ok, will catch you again soon, thanks for visiting here today.......Nicky

11 comments:

Cardygirl said...

Looks like a beautiful place to live! Lambs are such silly creatures!

Perri said...

Lovely green views! I can understand the hard work sheep bring ... we no longer have sheep, only cattle now :-)) But a rewarding day is had by all once they are in the yards :-)
Happy stitching, P

Little Kiwi Chick said...

It's true - in the USA (at least where we live) you never see sheep. Most of the farmland around here is used for crops - corn etc. In 8 years of living here I could probably count on one hand the number of times I've seen sheep in a field. You could say it's as unusual as seeing a squirrel in New Zealand!

Lynda said...

I love the photo with the sun shining through onto the sheep. Where you live looks so pretty.

Chookyblue...... said...

LOL...........lambs sure can be a nightmare to muster.........hope they sold well......

Michelle said...

Farming isn't just a job is it? It is a life style. It's exciting to see photo's of where others live and the country around them!

Mari said...

belated Happy Blogiversary!

Carol said...

How lucky you are to live in such a gorgeous country, Nicky!! Love the photos of the sheep--especially the one of them coming down the road...

Annie said...

Oh my gosh... a parade of sheep! Those are incredible photos for a city girl like me. Thanks for sharing those.

Cottage Tails said...

Hope prices were good for you.
A big job moving them all!
Loved the photos.

Love Leanne

Suzanne said...

I suppose when farming isn't part of your everyday life, farm life seems exciting to outsiders. I know I am always excited to visit a farm and get close up to the animals. Thanks for sharing the photos!

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