Oh dear. I was all set to tell you about the excellent set of fibre test results I’ve just got back for the Bowmont Merinos – and in particular my 6 rams I used this year. I was going to jump up and down, (metaphorically speaking), whoop excitedly and generally shout for joy because I’m doing well and moving in the right direction. BUT…… I went down to the barn at 5.45 to check on an old sheep who is feeling her age, and found one of my best rams dead. Stuck upside down in the feeding trough. Clearly he and the others had been playing about, he must have tripped just in the wrong place, turned belly up and got wedged, stuck fast. Death by suffocation followed as his head was caught on one of the strengthening bars. An almost impossible thing to achieve and sheer bl…y bad luck! Poor lad.
It’s a tragedy for me as he was half Australian and with a 15 micron fleece – one of the best I have. Aged just 2 he tupped 15 ewes this season which are about to lamb, so he will live on in that sense but I would rather have him!
If farming teaches you anything at all it is that triumph and tragedy are two sides of the same coin . I’m still very pleased with my results, but can’t quite bring myself to jump for joy this morning.