Today we were expecting the arrival of three sponged ewes hoping to visit for 4 weeks staying with my ram The Welchman. We hope that this will allow the ewes at least 2 breeding cycles after which they will be in lamb to him. So I had to go get himself out of the field were he was with the other rams.

The Welchman Separated & Not Liking It

The Welchman Separated & Not Liking It

He was not too pleased being separated from his buddies but I tempted him away down the lane with the magic bucket.

The Magic Bucket Working It's Magic

The Magic Bucket Working It’s Magic

Once we got to the paddock close to the yard I gave him a small spill of nuts.

The Welchman's Reward

The Welchman’s Reward

Now all we had to do was wait for the Ladies to arrive.

Someone Hears Strange Ewes Voices

Someone Hears Strange Ewes Voices

Arrival of 3 Lovely Ladies

Arrival of 3 Lovely Ladies

They are a very friendly group and very fond of their owner Jim.

Jim Giving a Welcoming Scratch

Jim Giving a Welcoming Scratch

While unloading the ewes Bodacious comes into the yard to inspect the temporary new flock additions.

Bodacious Welcoming New Arrivals

Bodacious Welcoming New Arrivals

I do not normally allow other sheep from a different flock come visit a ram for 4 weeks on my farm. As I don’t want to introduce any health problems to my flock. When ever I have bought in ewes I keep them separate from main flock for a few months if possible. But I knew the history of this flock and where it came from, so I’m not too worried about introducing any diseases into my flock for these 3 visiting ewes. But still the first thing these 3 ewes get is a foot-bath before they can visit with The Welchman.

Foot-Bath For All Visiting Ladies

Foot-Bath For All Visiting Ladies

Once out of the bath like all sheep they have to wait for their feet to dry. I have placed The Welchman in the paddock next to the yard so they can start their greetings through the gates mesh.

A Mesh Gate Separating Ewes from Ram

A Mesh Gate Separating Ewes from the Ram

After a half hour of hooves dry standing we open the gate between the ewes and The Welchman.

Trotting Towards Opened Gate

Trotting Towards Opened Gate

The Welchman trots in to greet his new visitors.

The Welchman Greeting His New Ladies

The Welchman Greeting His New Ladies

Then quickly follows them out of the yard into the paddock.

Lucky Welchman With 3 New Lady Friends

Lucky Welchman With 3 New Lady Friends

The ewes happily wander out into the paddock with the Welchman following them.

The Welchman Very Pleased With His New Flock Of Ladies

The Welchman Very Pleased With His New Flock Of Ladies

Time for Jim to say good bye to his 3 ewes who all come over for a good scratch.

Coming Over For a Scratch

Coming Over For a Scratch

A Zwartbles Ewe Enjoying a Friendly Scratch

A Zwartbles Ewe Enjoying a Friendly Scratch

You can see the Zwartbles sheep are a very friendly breed of sheep and it has nothing to do with the way I treat my flock of sheep that makes my flock unique in their friendliness. I have never met these ewes so you can see how easy their temperament is with their owner.

Ewes Standing in a Polite Que Waiting Their Turn

Ewes Standing in a Polite Que Waiting Their Turn

Once they ewes had settled in and The Welchman had introduced himself to all three ladies, I put them out into a bigger field.

3 Ewes Guests for the Month

3 Ewes Guests for the Month

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