I am gutted. I can’t imagine why someone would do this to us. I am besides myself with worry about my lambs. As I have said here many times how our animals live and die is of huge importance to us.
I have invested hundreds of hours in the lambs, from helping to bring them into the world, to bottle feeding them when they needed it, to feeding and looking after them as they grew. James built them a shelter and we have moved the hurdles every few days in recent weeks to give them fresh grass. I had planned to breed the ewes and the wethers were to feed our family and friends. This is a huge blow to us emotionally and also economically.
What I have also lost is my trust and sense of security. We felt safe here – our smallholding was an open space – to some extent this will have to change from now on as I have to be able to protect my animals
I am sure I will come to reconcile all of this in time but right now we are spending the weekend hanging gates and planning new fencing – oh and of course building the alpaca shelter …. I probably didn’t mention that this was blown down in a storm a few weeks ago…. it never rains but it pours.
If you are local to us and you see or hear anything, please let us know. Someone, somewhere must know about this. The police have been informed.
N.B. we don’t think they just wandered off. We searched all around our smallholding in in the open spaces behind it for hours but couldn’t find any trace of them and no-one else has seen them. It is all hugely suspicious and upsetting.
Really, I just can’t believe my beautiful lambs have been taken