So because we have been told where we can and cannot have our animals on our own property, I had to move the rams to a pasture next to the ewes and put up an electric net fence for a second layer of protection. I did not electrify it since I have lost rams this way, but I thought it would at least slow them down.
Tom got home from work last evening and found our ram lamb Shaun caught in this fencing. He untangled him in the dark with great difficulty and put him back in the ram field. He could not untangle the messed up fence so chased the sheep out of their field and closed the gate.
I came home today to find the same little Shaun in with all the ewes and the chain on the gate was not hooked. I will have to wait until Tom gets home to see if I will get mad at him too but right now I am upset because now I have many unwanted lambs in my future, some of which may be lesser quality (like if he bred his aged mother).
So I moved the rest of the rams to the furthest field where they will be coyote bait and chased little Shaun in with them. Now we also have to carry the hay to them a lot farther than we had planned if they were in the field they normally stay in. So now we cannot use our own land in a manner that is to the benefit of us or our animals but to the whim of some bureaucrat. And we will not be compensated for our extra work, financial consequences of these decisions, or inability to use our land, but we still have to make our mortgage payments.
I worked long and hard to get to the point where I could have a farm. I went to medical school partially so I could have a job with financial security so I could be in a position to have a farm but not have to depend on it for income. I know this was overkill, but I have finally achieved my goal and now feel it is threatened.
Now I will go take a nap after a 24 hour shift at the hospital and hopefully will have a better perspective when I wake up.