Shaun left to his new home today. It is the end of the future of our breeding program here. He was going to be our future but now he will be the future with some other ewes. It is a great home and he will be happy. But it is bittersweet.
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I think I missed the “why” part or you no longer planning for any more lambs or kids.
Sorry to see him go, you seem to so enjoy your animals.
Thanks Chai Chai! The why part is described at http://schoonoverfarm.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/the-return-of-gertie-and-wiki/ and http://schoonoverfarm.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/the-return-of-lady-madonna-and-ewegenie/
We do enjoy our animals and will continue to enjoy the ones we have left.
Ugh, Those are sad, sad stories. That is our biggest fear too, we want our animals to go to good homes but there is just no way to ever know for sure.
There are other stories too we heard before this happened. We just cannot stomach it anymore.
Shaun got home safely and is adjusting to his new pasture. His greeting to my flock was a couple of head butts to the fence when they all raced up to investigate the ‘new guy on the block’. So for the present time, they are all giving him a wide berth. His is eating and relaxed – when he thinks I’m not looking. Am hoping to work at socializing him a bit in the next few weeks while he is adjusting.
Thanks for taking such good care of him. I’ll keep you posted!
Thanks Wendy! Glad he is adjusting well. Do keep me posted.
It’s a sad business, I understand completely. Hopefully new and interesting things await us, even though we aren’t raising stock anymore.
Thanks Tammy! It is a hard decision to make, the babies are just such a joy to have. But it is not worth it anymore. We will raise cattle and hogs for meat and maybe in the future meat sheep too. And we will keep our current sheep and goats in their long retirement. And I will have wool to play with for a while.