Back in February we mentioned that the sheep were happily grazing away fattening up for market around Easter time – our first fauret into the world of fattening lambs. Well, a few days ago we had a visit from an experienced livestock auctioneer to assess their readiness for sale.
We assembled our perfect sheep mustering team – one granny, 3 under 7s, one pickup, and one runner. We set out towards the sheep with a plan to calmly walk them across the field, and round to the pen we had set up. All went to plan until they were approaching the pen. A backward glance from one sheep signalled dissension in the ranks and before we knew where we were the flock had scattered in all directions.
They subsequently took us on a number of laps of the field, during which time we reached a few standoffs – the sheep, grouped together, chests heaving, looking at us as if to say ‘are we done yet?’.
A good half hour later and with a great over exertion of effort, and far less cunning, we did succeed in capturing a representative sample of the flock.
Those we caught gave a good impression and were deemed sufficiently ‘fattened’ and ready for market. Apparently their unwillingness to be captured shows they are in good health too- so it was all worth it. Let it be said that I most definitely have a new appreciation for sheepdogs!