Yeah, we searched everywhere and as it turned out, they can’t be found anywhere in the house, barn or garage. So I picked up a new pair and we will do the deed for all the animals on Saturday.
Having the goats and sheep contained together is pretty nice. They are not as a group racing through the hay right now, but in fact are still working on their original bale, so I’m hoping we are good to go for the time we need to give hay.
And that is a thing we’ll have to figure out. We have a ton (literal ton) right now, we’ll see how it goes. We’re getting in more fencing so we can expand their range. Right now we’re not going to obsess about the best grazing strategy, we just want to get onto a maintenance schedule and hopefully make it to a lambing season with a half dozen or dozen lambs (the latter would be a banner crop of pure tripletness).
Unfortunately, because of our own illnesses and the whole fencing fiasco, we have to trim this weekend when the ewes might be a little bit pregnant, which is not the best time to do it (right before, but not once they conceive). OH WELL. Chalk it up to a learning experience.
Hopefully it goes ok, we get all the animals caught up on trims and the ewes conceive and carry to term with no hassles. They’ll be on deep litter as we head into winter, so that will help reduce stress around first time pasture lambing.