We have so far had about 10 losses here on the farm in a matter of one month. I am so sad to say that our oldest lamb, Beady's lamb, died today. I fed them alfalfa and he started choking. They have all choked before - don't ask me why - so I wasn't too worried at first. After about 5 minutes, he continued and I was at a loss of what to do. I had no idea what to do... I mean how do you do the heimlich maneuver on a sheep? I don't even know how to do it to a human!
It continued for 15 minutes before he went down. My mom dragged him out of the stall and we tried hard to save him. Tubed him, pushed on him, hung him upside down, stuck our hand down his throat, all of it. Nothing worked. He died a hard death at about 11:49 A.M this morning. I feel really bad for him.
So, that is just a reminder to me that I should be happy for any life that God gives me. Even if it is to be butchered sometime in it's life, still cherish what is still here. If you have a buck year or ram year, or just a plain boy year, don't be upset. Love the lives that God has allowed you to have while they are still here on Earth. I believe things happen for a reason, and this was a learning experience. I am not happy that he is gone, no, but I loved him while he was with us.