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Mar. 8th, 2006

OK so heres the thing (wow I sound like Darian from invisable man). What they think is wring with me is - well- fixable. Not to the point I was at when I was 15 but they should be able to manage me. Weird - I've never been told that - not once in 20 years.

First more tests and another visut and then - maybe - two procedures (small ones) and I shoudl be on the road to normal for me. I don't knwo exactly what to do about that. It's a strange thought - Like the world is opining up and closing in at the same time.

Mostly today I feel like I've been run over (still have the flu - still recovering from being rammed dreams) and my hand hurts where Oliver butted me all those years ago. It must have been about this time last year when he died. I miss him - who'd have thought you could miss a ram who was so inconsistant (one day he'd be like a dog and the next he would run you into a wall) but I have to say every time he butted me it was a) my fault and b) out of joy. Hopefuly by next year we will have a new Marino ram (one who is registered).

Speeking of the sheep - no lambs yet (but one is readdy to go) and I still have to make my desion as to who to sell this year. One of my absolute favs is on the block adn I may put her up for sale. I don't want to (becasue I have an emotional conection to her) but you have to do things you don't wnat to to keep a breed strong.

I relay can't make the decisions till all the lambs are on the ground. Anyone who dosen't get something on the ground (alive) this year HAS to go - it dosen't matter if I love them or if they are perfict comformationaly. We don't have the space and we don't have the time.

Wow I sound so cold.

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ladyaelfwynn
Mar. 8th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the good prognosis! Hope it works out!

It's sad but it's the difference between being a good shepherd and a good pet owner. Pet owners can keep the runts, sports, and diabled critters and love them and take care of them. Shepherds have to think of the flock and the business.

Hopefully, you'll have lots of lambs and your favorite will get to stay. It's hard to part from critters you like.

Good luck lambing!
bodgei
Mar. 8th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks, the big ewe's due date was Sunday - she's not overdue by a few days (and the size of a house). My real worry this time of year - is that the decisions I make can have long term effects on the breed (the amount of Leichesters in both England and Australia have fallen and now the largest group of them is in the US) It may not sound like a lot but the decisions I make with the 7 I manage can mean alot to a breed of 2000 animals... It alwasy makes me nervious. Sigh*
ladyaelfwynn
Mar. 8th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
There are so few?! Wow!

How many flocks are there in the U.S.? If you sell your sheep, where do they go? Do they end up in other flocks, a spinner's pet, or as mutton?
bodgei
Mar. 8th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
all the ones we have slod have gone to spinners. And Faith woudl make a good spinner pet, she's a very outgoign sheep (soemthing that is in her favor since she lives in a musiaum)

Most of the flocks are on the east coast, so we can drive to see the animals weve sold (very nice)
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