So much has happened, where to start!
Went to the conference, had fun. It was the Farm Bureau Young Farmer’s Conference. The whole weekend was pretty much based on farmers defending themselves against all the bad media about our food supply. I was nodding my head agreeing one minute and feeling very frustrated the next, over and over again. Brian and I were discussing it on the way home and he said he understands but if that’s what I really believe than I need to be one of the people standing up and talking about it. I’m not sure if I’m going to take that on yet but if I do I’m going to get my facts straight before I go gabbing about the whole topic. It WAS great getting to know some of our fellow farmers better, I’m really looking forward to getting more involved! 🙂
I really missed church on Sunday. I think that is a big turning point for me. First I felt like I SHOULD go, then I made myself go, then I enjoyed it, and now I miss it! A lot. I’m still tossing around the idea of another blog and I think I will do it at some point.
As for the sheep: first I got a report saying they assumed it was Chlamydia so I learned all about that. Then I got a final report that the Chlamydia test was negative but they did find some Strep (aka Streptococcus) so they’re going to blame it on that.
…Results of bacterial culture suggest that Steptococcus may be the most significant organism involved in this placentitis. Such a bacterial abortion is usually sporadic in occurence. Given the history of multiple abortions in the group, management factors predisposing to bacterial placentitis should be investigated…
I’m trying really hard not to take the part about management factors personally. I know that seems silly but I much preferred the idea that this was a problem we did not have much control in creating. I’ll keep you posted when I know more. No more lambs yet, 4 ewes to go and one looks like she’s very close.
In other news, we weren’t home very long on Sunday and Brian slipped on the stairs and sprained his ankle. I was really scared! I took him to the emergency room. Luckily it’s not broken but he’s off work for at least a week. It’s a good thing we have a menagerie of pickup trucks since he can’t work the clutch in the manual one.
We still have the “stray” dogs. I’m not sure how “stray” they are anymore since they’ve been living in our shop for close to a month. The girls at work named them today, Johnny and June (Junebug). I liked it. I liked Bonnie & Clyde originally but we already have Bonnie the sheep. I took Junebug in and had her spayed today. It was sad because I knew she was probably pregnant. Johnny’s not fixed and she was in heat when we found them. We waited to spay her so the blood vessels wouldn’t be so engorged. Sure enough, there were 10 little pups in there, about as big as my finger nail or smaller. It wasn’t the best feeling but it’s definitely the best thing for the puppies. I couldn’t stand the thought of giving them to the type of people who take “free” puppies. And for Heaven’s sake, can you imagine us with 15 dogs!!!! I can see it now, “Becker’s Dog Farm”. Umm, no.
I had one of those moments tonight that I love. I was standing in the sheep’s hay feeder forking hay around and looking out at the pasture in the dark. I wasn’t particulary looking forward to doing chores but once I was out there it was so peaceful and nice. The dogs were playing and one calf was making faces and sucking on the gate like a pacifer. Our one lamb is growing really good and getting strong, tonight she was making a game of trying really hard to jump on her Mom’s back. I was thinking we should name her Joy if we keep her because she really does lighten up the mood in the barn. Ahh, the farm life. 😀
Anything I left out that you want to know? How’s things for you? What kind of moments do you cherish?