The new ewe is lovely – already approachable (especially if there is a bucket involved), and she has nice soft wool. The lambs are adorable, inquisitive naughties, yet chunky and strong too. They are all polled Dorsets.
They settled in… apart from… the Shetland ewes are not having any of it. The other ewes couldn’t really have cared less, a bit of ceremonial headbutting – all over within a minute.. and forgotten, but the Shetland ewes are – well – mean. With a lot of sniffing and assessing, they are ignoring the ram lamb (perhaps a masculine wiff?), don’t try their chances with the much bigger ewe, but seem intent on killing the ewe lamb.
It’s not just a little bit of pecking order, but real attacking including leaping in the air to land onto her. We have tried a mix, then just tried the older calmer Shetland. but it’s a no go. We expected some argie bargie – but this goes beyond a little settling out.
Typically of course, we had planned to keep the Shetland ewes and let the others go… now it is looking like the other way around – it is a shame but we have to be able to introduce new stock.
Meanwhile the new crowd – named by our son: Ella and her lambs Eric and Evie – are getting used to us and becoming friendly.