Meet the Sheep
We are currently running 45 beautiful merinos on Lucy Land. Not bad considering I am constantly being told that it is not possible to run sheep on the Mid North Coast. All the girls have names and the entire flock comes running when they are called. They have constant access to the Pat Coleby minerals, free choice. Rotational grazing is used as well as Permaculture and Holistic Management principles. I try to keep my sheep as healthy and happy as possible. Often you will find a couple of sheep in my office trying to help me do the paperwork. The original ewes came from Cunnamulla, 4 came from Murrurundi and the rest have been born right here at Lucy Land. All of them have massive personalities and I love each and every one!
Phoebe's mum had issues raising her, so I bottle fed her. She is now over three years old and still gets the occasional bottle. She has a daughter called Jessie and she also likes a bottle every now and then. Phoebe loves the car and likes to jump in whenever I accidently leave the door open!
Olivette is so named because she always wants more (the female version of Oliver). She has given birth to 3 sets of twins in three years. The first set were girls, Sue and Narmi (Tsunami, as they were a tidal wave of trouble). Sue has since given birth to Jasmine and Narmi has a beautiful daughter called Simone.
Inside the shed
During lambing I sleep in the shed with the sheep to be on hand if there are any problems. The little lambs think my bed is the best play equipment. The sheep always have access to one of these sheds. It has a fresh bed of straw for them to sleep on and Pat Coleby free choice minerals in each pen. The little anklets you can see on the lambs are adjustable velcro bands so I don't have to use ear tags! The mums get a cattle tail tag around their ankle, red for giving birth to a boy, blue for a girl and green for twins.
Lucy came to live with us in Newcastle in July 2004 as a three month old lamb. She was born on a farm near Brewarrina, far western NSW, in the middle of a drought. She had never seen grass before coming to live with us and refused to walk on it. For the first few days she would just eat dirt out of the garden bed. But she soon found lollies and chocolates and then there was no stopping her - literally. There is not a door or a gate that she cannot open, and she will wait for the most inopportune time to do so.
Jental is another ewe that has twins each year. 2016 she gave us Kazza and Bazza. They were so very tiny and needed so much help to ensure they survived. A very nice friend (Karen, namesake of the ewe twin) made them little jackets to keep them warm.
2016 lambing started with twin girls, so they were called Agatha and Christie. Their mum didn't really have a name, so we called her Miss Marple. Mum struggled with the birth and ended up being sick for a few days, so we gladly helped feed the gorgeous little twins until Miss Marple was back up on her feet again.
Lambing time is an exciting and nervous time for us at Lucy Land. Sarge the dog and myself sleep with the expecting mothers just to be on hand in case anything goes wrong. It is always a relief when it is over and we can enjoy the little lambs skipping in the paddock.
Each one of lambs are precious and they all get the royal treatment. It is hard to drag yourself away from them when they are this cute and this little though!