Wallace and Winter, the bottle-fed lambs,are now on three feeds a day and are taking 500ml at each feed. They are also nibbling a wee bit of cake and eating grass.
Wallace has had a double thumbs up – not only is he no longer destined for the freezer but he’s now going to be kept for breeding. He’s actually really nicely marked and his mother’s prolificacy and milkiness may be inherited by his daughters.
We’ve been spraying the sheep with insecticide (Crovect) to prevent fly-strike, which is an extremely nasty condition whereby flies lay eggs in damp wool and the resultant maggots eat the sheep’s flesh. We can’t apply the chemical before shearing as it contaminates the fleece.