Monday, October 12, 2015
I Keep Coming Up One Lamb Short
The lambs this year have been driving me crazy. I have had this feeling I am one lamb short since June but for the life of me I cannot figure out which one I lost. To make matters worse my Mother kept insisting my count was off and her's was right so I took her word for it. Yet the numbers are still coming up one short for the year now that I am getting ready to place them in the Winter configuration.
I have the whole crew listed with numbered tags of course. I wrote down the ones we took to market already and I should have eight yearling ewes and six yearling whethers left but I keep coming up with only five whethers.
It's driving me crazy.
I suspect I am getting a tag number coming up twice because it is close like a 246 being read as a 248 or something like that but the yearlings especially do not trust me from the market separation yet and my records do not show any tags that should be that close. The remaining yearlings pretty much head for the hills whenever they see me coming.
The only option I have to finally get to the bottom of this mystery is to lock the flock up in a stall and let them out one by one in the morning but that is not as easily done as it is typed. It goes fine at first but then when you get down to the really nervous ones it becomes chaotic. Which is the real problem to begin with they won't stand still and even the brightest tags with the biggest numbers I could buy become hard to read properly.
Then there comes the final question if I did lose one where and how?
At this point I will be putting the breeding ewes into the ram paddocks in a few weeks and then I will try and get to the bottom of this mystery.
When ya have 38 lambs running around and all the attending issues that come along with them mistakes will be made. For instance I had three lambs this year catch their tags on the fence that needed replaced. Two bottle baby whethers that were sold as babies and then the market run fiasco that almost made me load the entire crew up and sell em they were being such a pain to separate.
As soon as I get these never ending fence projects finished I am working on some movable panels to help close the sheep up into smaller temporary pens when needed. The problem now is the barn lot and the main barn area allow them too much room to move away when I am trying to verify tag numbers.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!