We were thrilled at the arrival of the Marriner lambs a few months ago, but one of the little ones didn’t have a very strong start with the rest of the flock.
Simone the lamb was suffering from Joint-ill, an infection that affects the joints of lambs, causing swelling and difficulty standing or walking. Monty the lab took to the little guy immediately and became his protector after we brought him inside to help with his recovery.
Simone needed to be on a strict course of antibiotics to fight the infection, so was regularly bottle fed to make sure he was getting everything he needed. Despite needing the safety and security of the house for his recovery, Simone still…
A few weeks ago, our ladies of the Marriner Flock were paid a visit for their routine scan.
Chris stopped by the Marriner Farm and saw every single ewe to determine how lambs she may be carrying.
The ladies are sent through a special run, that allows Chris access to place a probe on the udder. This will then send out soundwaves, which bounce back and present an image of the lambs on the screen. Just as you would see in a human ultrasound examination.
Depending on the number of lambs the ewes are carrying, they are then marked with blue, red, or green. This distinction is important as it allows us to easily tell which of our ladies is carrying one lamb, twins, or triplets.
These ewes can then be separated, so we can be sure that those who are carrying two or more lambs receive more…