The downside of a smallholder..

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The downside of a smallholder..

Today brought the other reality to being a smallholder, its not been the best of days, they say things come in three’s. Last Thursday I had our local vet out to give Missty our British Toggenberg goat an assessment. She hadn’t been her self for a few days, milk yield down off her food (but eating somethings). The vet could find nothing obviously wrong with her, but suggested a jab to perk her up. He did so a left me a follow up booster for Monday. On Saturday she had perked up, had some of her appetite back but milk was non existent. On Monday I gave her the follow up jab, last night when she went to bed she was fine, bright eyes, chewing the cud etc.

This morning, when I opened the barn door, instead of being greeted with the bleets of the lambs, and cheeping of the chicks it was rather quiet, a strange feeling to the barn. Before feeding the lambs I checked on all the pens as I do every morning. Missty didn’t appear to be moving and Star was a little anxious. On further investigation it was clear Missty was no longer with us.

This was a shock, although i new she hadn’t been right, I wasn’t expecting that. The atmosphere in the barn wasn’t right either, like they all new something had happened. In addition to this I had two whether ram’s to take to the local abattoir for 9am which i wasn’t feeling great about.

I managed to sorted the animals, call the Fallen Stock Scheme to arrange for Missty’s collection, get the sheep to the abattoir for my given time slot. I took a five minute breather to put things into context and carried on with my day.

This afternoon I had to deal with more death by helping a poorly exbat on her way. It has truly been a day ill never forget, being a smallholders has its highs and lows, gladly the majority of highs. I look forward to what tomorrow brings, to use a cliche, a new dawn a new day 🙂

I normally post a few pictures on my blog, but this time its just one, and in respect of Missty who will be missed on our smallholding;


2 Comments

Paula (@seshat_42)

May 9, 2012at 5:13 pm

I am so sorry to hear of your losses – Just about to take on some ex-batt’s and fear for their condition. A hard thing to lose animals, a sad part of life indeed.

hencorner

May 12, 2012at 9:45 am

So sorry to hear about Missty…

I was thinking about your goats this week as we’re trying to find Londoners who keep them.

Hope you have some nice weather and happy animals this weekend.

Sara

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