Down at the farm, Chewey and Pokey have spent the last couple of days stretched out sunbathing! I popped down yesterday lunchtime and was actually quite concerned about Chewey as even when I went into his sty he did not move an inch. It turns out he was just in a really deep sleep, basking in the sun, although as soon as he noticed I had birthday cake (left over from Granny's party the day before) he was up in a flash!
It has been a very exciting week for the farm as we have a new addition called Bagel but I will introduce him to you early next week.
Back at South Farm, Tina and Matts farm in East Meon, I have two more animals I would like you to meet following our visit last Sunday. Jeremy the calf and his room mate, King Julian who is a ram (a ram is a male sheep).
Poor Jeremy's mummy died when he was just a week old so like the orphan lambs, he is also being hand reared. The first few weeks of his life were very tough for him, especially as it was so cold, and it was touch and go as to whether he would make it or not. They even dressed him in one of Matt's zip up fleece tops to try and keep him warm! It clearly did the trick as he is now doing really well and was very pleased to see us for his tea! (See video above).
He is fed on large bottles of milk made with calf milk formula and more recently, small feed pellets to get him use to solid food. By eight weeks old he will be ready to go out into the fields to graze on the spring grass.
He shares his pen with a ram called king Julian! He has also been poorly but after a course of antibiotics, he is feeling much better and will soon be put back out with the other sheep.
Although Matt and Tina keep a few sheep, they are mainly arable farmers (they grow crops such as wheat) and have told me that I can come down during the harvest and they will show me how to drive a combine harvester! Make sure you don't miss that!
Have a great weekend!