Over the holidays, we have been feeding sheep a couple of times each week. After a very hot summer, and not a lot of rain, there isn’t much grass around, so we need to supplement their food. We squish all five of us into the cab of the truck. I quite enjoy going out to feed the sheep. Generally Country Boy and I get to chat, whilst the kids chatter away to each other. Hannah is learning to open and shut the gates properly, and it means we don’t need to get in and out of the truck so much (win in my book!).
Each time we go out, the kids look forward to meeting their poddy lambs from a few years back. Lucy, Susie, and Caleb are now fully grown and live in the paddock with the other sheep, but they still come up to greet the kids whenever we get out to them. Caleb in particular is always happy to have a good pat and cuddle.
The other sheep regard Caleb as a bit of an odd sheep (which he is), because he happily walks towards humans instead of running away.
The downside of having named the sheep, is that we can’t sell them or eat them (you can’t eat a friend!). So we have three sheep, who don’t consider themselves to be sheep, roaming around the farm, being fairly useless. They are too big to sell as meat, and their wool isn’t much good.
The girls still love them though… and love meeting them each time.