Dry as a bone


During the last 2 months there has been very little rain on the land. Deep cracks are appearing in the earth in numerous places. The grass is no longer green but a dried out sandy brown colour. Its a worry for the farmer and we have to be very careful to rotate the stock into different fields on a regular basis. The sheep don’t like the tall spindly grass (called Robin grass, I think) but like the shorter, greener sward and clover. But because this is not growing as fast as usual careful pasture management is necessary. It is also important to provide shelter for the sheep when the sun is very hot and a good supply of fresh water.The shepherds keep a particular eye on all the stock this time of year checking for signs of exhaustion and weight loss. Some have to be taken in and fed supplementary feeds.

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