Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Count On Me

Love this video :')

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Little lamb at the farm :)

This is the little 'blind' #62 lamb at the Uni farm  :)

She was following me all around the farm checking on the ewes and lambs, across the yard and into the farm office then stood and waited for me to make up bottles. Gave her a bottle and she then came back out to the shed to give the others bottles  :)

Sorry its a rubbish video, hard to video and be followed in the dark!
Then after all that she ignores me + toddles off at the end!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Home :))

Home today!!
We got up uber-late so just packed and went straight down to town to get the train ... well, replacement rail service coach.
Took a few hours to get to Shrewsbury then Grumps picked us up in the new car :) I would say what it is but don't actually know. Black BMW of some description.
"Push that button" "Look at that" "Push that" Its got one of those posh screens in the dash + he loves it. Wants me to drive it but I'z not insured on it till August(?)

Got home about and went straight to see the chickens, obviously. Nommed some tea and went to Follys(Nan) which always means hot chocklit and cake :)

Went to town on the bus with Nat on Monday, bought some Krispy Kreme doughnuts + went to Costa 'cos we're really civilised.
Walked to Mothers office and drove home then went to see the bubbas next door. Rose was exactly the same as if I'd been there yesterday but Evie came + said hello for 10 mins :P Tommy is growing up aswell.

Oh yeah, I'm teething! Wisdom teeth are coming through!
Back of my mouth has been hurting since Weds but didn't think anything of it. Top right tooth is half through and that didn't hurt, but the bottom left which hurts has got nothing?!

Dropped Mother at work on Tuesday, came back and woke up Nat for school (I'm so grown up) and dropped him in at break. Really wanted to go in and see everyone but didn't have an excuse. Will do at some point soon though! :))
Back to pick up Mother and we went to Frankie + Bennys for nom (chicken pizza) and straight into Brum to get the train. Saw Danni Mac (cousin) in Urban then back on the train to Aber.
Cody got on in Wolvo then had to change at Shrewsbury to get a coach and Tom was on the same coach :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sarah Millican + Lambing with the Bro's

The Bro's are up in Aber :)
I woke up at half 8 and had to listen to them snoring for another 3 hours + eventually woke them up.
Walked down into town + got a huuge breakfast in the cafe then went down to the beach. Ruth was kayaking with the football girls so saw those, walked along the beach and to the arcade on the Pier to waste a bit of money!

Steve the shepherd from the Uni farm phoned me 'cos the person meant to be lambing tonight has been rushed into hospital so could I do it. Said Nat + Danny were up and would phone him back. They were alright with coming so said we'd do it! :P
Off to Store 21 we go for them to get some cheap lambing clothes ... and sweets + glow sticks, just what you need for lambing ;) Oh, and we got Chocolate Digestives for Sarah Millican...

Got the bus back up the hill and attempted to get an hours sleep before going out but failed.

Went to see Sarah Millican at the Arts Centre. We were in the centre, 3rd row so close :)
She was good - heard a few of the jokes on the telly + stuff but obvs going to get that. One woman was filming it so Sarah stopped and made her stop recording + made her delete it. Bit awkward.
Wrote her a note + left it with the "Emergency Biscuits" for her in the interval and she spoke to us in the 2nd half.
"Naan bread" :')
Came back to halls after and then got a taxi to the farm!
I was soo tired 'cos of not sleeping properly (if at all!) the last few weeks so was really grumpy with them at the start, didn't mean to be! Went off to see the bull beef for ages, they're meant to be aggressive but were skitty, eventually came over and sniffed me and took silage from my hand :)
They bottle fed a couple lambs + Nat took some photos (will chuck 'em on here at some point) so hopes they weren't too bored!
Steve dropped us back at halls about half 6

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bro's visit Aber

The Bro's came up to Aber to see me this weekend! :))

They came up after school and had delayed trains so had to get it from Wolverhampton so I wasn't sure what time they'd get here but knew it was about half 9. Said they'd ring me 20 mins away so I'd go to the station and get them.
*brrrring ring* "We're at the door :)"
I was still in bed! My bad :P

We went to CKs to get drinks, had those and then went into town with Becky. Downeys ("Scary Pub") and then Yoko's/Why Not.
Was really tired but had a good night. Came back quite early + Danny proceeded to spend the next few hours being sick in the kitchen.

Good Times...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Off to the vets!...

Delyth (from the Uni farm) rang at half 8 and said she's on the way to the vets, did I want to go with her??

Of course I did! :P
Just had to get out of bed and she picked me up and we went straight to the vets.

The ewe had twins stuck, trying to come out at the same time! One leg was coming out first.
Managed to get them out and all 3 are alive :)))

All kicking off here now though *RollsEyes*
Lamb 24 (a PHD girls trial lamb) escaped. We were looking for it everywhere, I eventually found him round the back by the bull beef sheds.

Got a Suffolk with twins that prolapsed, pushed it back in and now she can't lamb past it
... a Blue Faced Leicester that had a prolapse, put it back in + a prolapse strap on her, who is now lambing
... another triplet ewe thats lambing.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Uni on my own...

Lambing at Uni farm iab!

On my own tonight :( 'cos the other 3 either have friends round or are going to Cardiff!

Will be fine ... just be paranoid of the scary noises + wind! ;)

I'z staying longer in the morning (I asked) 'cos I want to go round the fields with Steve, see the sheep + hopefully turn out some lambs + ewes :)

Not normally tired when we leave at 7am so will be fine + can sleep all day ;)

Have recorded a couple lambs but not much else happening here tonight. Delyth is staying with me for a couple hours for the hand over + stuff.
Time to put the kettle on! :)

On my own and it all kicks off!

Back in halls :)
Actually not tired at all. Was a good night shift but some stuff kicked off too!
Pulled a big Texel lamb who'd got his shoulder stuck and she threw something else out straight after... Looked like a mahoosive afterbirth + prolapse.
Phoned Delyth, she said its just a prolapse, push it back in, will be ok.
I sent her a picture and she texted me straight back... "I'm on my way, might need a vet"

We managed to get it back in eventually, holding the ewe upsode down so gravity helped us. Put a spoon and strap on to try and keep in it.

We had two 1st year Zoology girls come this morning to help. One wants to be a vet, was nice but has never even touched a sheep! The other one was soooo cocky. "I've been lambing for 3 years, I know this blahhhh" Chatting rubbish ;)
We were lambing a ewe and so I got them to help, fell and try to pull it. The cocky one messed it all up so we had to get Steve the shepherd to help in the end.

Me + Phoebe (researcher who works days) just had to walk off in the end! They've said she's not being asked back :P

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lambing pictures...

Ross the lamb:
 Milking Jordan...
 ... bottle feeding Harvey ...
 .... and bottle feeding Junior.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tonights update...

We'z were literally just getting ready to get her to the vets and she lambed 2 of the triplets on her own!

The last one had to be pulled and had been dead inside her a couple days, but no vets ( :) but :( 'cos I didn't get to go) and she made it, with 2 lambs!

Had another ewe with 2 lambs coming at the same time ... one forwards + one back!

Had to ring Steve to come + do it but they were fine. We've ran out of pens so had to turn ewes and lambs that are ready to go out to the field, into holding pens next door (with loads of pens + runways + cool farm mechanichy stuff where they shear, vaccinate ... stuff like that) so we could move fresh lambs into their small pens.

Just had a quick shower to get rid of Eau d'Ewe. Time for bed me thinks!
Not tired at all though!

Back at Uni farm

5 hours in + its all kicking off!! [Geordie accent](in the Uni lambing sheds)[/Geordie Accent]

Was all fine and all really kicked off at 1am.
Had a twin ewe that presented just a head, with legs back, so I pulled that. Left her a bit and she had another head so pulled that one too.

Just before that had another twin ewe that presented a head and 2 legs, fine so left her for 40 mins.
Realised something wasn't right so had a feel and felt another nose there aswell. 2 lambs trying to come at the same time!
Pushed them back in + tried to sort them out. She was still pushing them both out so had to fight against her pushing.
Rang the shepherd who came straight out + sorted them out after much eventually.

THEN now we've got a triplet Blue Faced Leicester who prolapsed, has a prolapse harness on to push it all back in but she's not been pushed back in properly so can feel the legs but kind of through the wall.
We're leaving her 20 mins to see if she'll sort herself out but might have to take her to the vets iab!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ed Sheeran - You Need Me, I Don't Need You (Acoustic)

Someone posted this on facebook + thought it was siik :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

First night Uni lambing

Was out first night lambing at the Uni farm today!
Me + Sian were there, got picked up at 10 and Delyth explained everything about the sheds ... have got Blue Faced Leicesters, Texels, Beulahs and Lleyns. Then theres their 'hybrid' sheep called the Aberdale which they're improving the prolificacy of with the Inverdale gene - they have more twins + triplets and can be kept on rubbish grass so the better grass can be kept for others!
The big shed is split in half with an invisible line and either side has to be treated as completely different sheds 'cos they're on different trials.
Can only use one sheds stuff, silage, straw etc 'cos its all weighed out and costed down to the pence.

Then theres another 2 tiny sheds outside, one of which is part of a PHD students trial.
For the trials we have to weigh the lambs, sex them, then score them on presentation, how difficult the birth was, if needed help and the level of help, vigour after 5 mins of birth, if needed help to suck, a bottle.... Then the ewe on mothering ability, milkiness etc.
Its not hard to do just need to get your head round it and it takes a bit more time to do! Is good to say you've lambed a Performance Recorded Flock and were part of trials :)

They had 1 case of Salmonella and so we've been kitted out with wellies, waterproof trousers and big high vis bomber jackets that we leave at the farm ... especially as we're lambing at another farm too.

Its such a change from the last farm, its all brand new, and has different ways of doing things. We're not meant to pull any 'cos it affects the trial data whereas we had to pull everything at the last farm.
We also have the farm office to do in which has heating! and a kettle, toaster, sandwich maker, washing machine, fridge, freezer... lol

Delyth left at half 1 and we were fine after that. Had 1 breach that we sorted out and 1 Beulah that was normal presentation but took aages to get the lamb out so we helped her. Just left them to it as best we could, if you go in and lamb everything it will affect all the trials data!

We left at half 6 and Cody + Becky turned up to do the morning shift with Steve the shepherd + learn about lambing! :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

4th Night Lambing in Wales

Video: Which one is it?!

Uni Sheep Farm...

We went to the Uni sheep farm earlier to see the shepherd + just see the farm in the light!

Theres a big shed split in half with an invisible line, then 2 small sheds and each group is treated differently and on different trials. We need to only use that groups silage, meds etc. Then have to weigh the lambs, sex, score on lambing, if needed help, if needed help to suck, score the ewe's mothering etc...

They've had an abortion problem and 1 case of Salmonella so are bigging up the Biosecurity. They took us up to Stores and ordered us big high vis jackets, and gave us waterproof trousers + steel-toe wellies. Has to be high vis 'cos of H&S apparently?!
Then we've got to get changed + leave those clothes at the farm so we don't spread it to the other farm. Its probably overkill but of it ever got passed over the Uni farm's (and probably our) name would be black!
Best be safe! :)

They don't just have a microwave ... have a kettle, fridge and hot chocolate, cup a soup etc!! :P

Me + Sian are there tomorrow night :))

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 3 Lambing

Back in New Cross Lambing again tonight!
We had a prolapse ewe that was having triplets that started lambing 2 weeks early so had to get the farmer to come out. "She won't be lambing yet" "She's had 2 bags pop already, think she is!" ... he had to cut her stitches and lamb them but 'cos they were 2 weeks early their lungs hadn't developed at all so died within minutes :/
Another ewe had a really wierd bag that wouldn't pop and was covered in a thick/leathery orange membrane. I lambed her first one then there was a hald developed lamb with lots of gunk and organs and whatever else - was horrible to do! :(

Had Gary the lamb who had his neck right back, put him under the heat lamp, refused a bottle so I had to stomach tube him, which luckily worked a bit but he was still dodgy.
Phillip wouln't suck from his mom so went in one of the warm boxes and back to his mom every hour and he was eventually ok :D
No other major problems me don't think, were all fine! :D

Got an hours sleep + made it to my lectures.

Collapsed into bed at half 12 and stayed there all day :lol: Uni farmer rang at some point + woke me up - do I want to lamb tonight ... no, already lambing somewhere else.
He's trying to find someone to cover Saturday though :D

Said we can go down 1 afternoon to learn how to measure score the lambs and stuff!