Powerless – The Year the Lights Went Out

Tuesday, January 21

They were home just as it finally got dark yesterday. I couldn’t be cross with Martin, as it was important for Neil to have company and travel in safety. The Cranleigh vet is still operating, but when they got there he’d had to go out to a calving and they had to wait for him to return. Farms in the area are coping like ours are round here, but everyone is finding the work harder than usual.

When the vet finally returned, he examined the ewe Neil had brought with him and decided the blindness was caused by contaminated feed. It will clear up slowly if left untreated, but he injected the sheep and gave Neil more medication for the rest of the flock. They need to be treated as soon as possible as a number of ewes are in lamb and need to be well nourished. The big bale silage they were eating will have to be destroyed as well. Neil will need help holding the sheep when they are injected, so Martin and I will give him a hand tomorrow.

Our pig doesn’t seem to have been affected by the feed, but maybe it was from a different batch. However, he is still losing weight and I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t last the winter. He is 18 after all and his brother went last year.  But then hens are fine although there were only two eggs today.

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