So life has been busy. Christopher and Shaun gathered the hogs and shearlings in. Then we all helped draft. No ram came in so Shaun has been absolved of blame of lambs in amongst the shearling ewes. First we shore the wether hogs which we have run over winter for old season lamb. Despite major misgivings about the condition of them when we had been out looking at them in the vehicle they turned out to be in very good condition. They are well grown and the influence of the SAMM genetics are now becoming very evident. We now need to concentrate on the micron to make sure that is does not become too coarse. There is definitely a coarseness creeping in but we have some lovely, very large, very fine SAMM rams now so we should be able to breed any coarseness back out. Its all a balancing game when you want a large sheep but also a fine wool.
The arrival of a small number of lambs in the shearling ewes would appear to have an explanation as we found two large rigs. A rig is a ram that has been marked but one ball has been left out. If they were small animals they probably would not have left any lambs but these were two strapping boys. The fact that they are only hoggets and only have one ball each explains why there are not too many lambs. Who is to blame? Well Christopher puts the rings on the testicles, so I guess it was him. Unusual for him to make a mistake like that but the evidence is there. After we shore the wether hoggets we had a day off for the men to press up the wool. Then we started the ewe hoggets. We had a lot of rain while we were shearing them and ended up only shearing part days as we had to put the clippies back in the shed as it was too cold and wet to leave them outside. Ended up leaving 100 for Shaun to shear by himself as we had to come down to George Island yesterday as we had people coming today.
Oh and I have my four wheeler. It is cool, 6 gears, 5 forward and 1 in reverse. No pictures at the moment as I have a serious megabyte shortage.
Will get back to the comments but again may not be this month.