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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I hate baling twine

Sadly, our dear beautiful Elle walked on this morning.

She was able to get under the doors in the lean to to nibble on the hay stored there and had managed to work loose some of the dreaded baling twine which she managed to catch around her neck. Will found her dead this morning with her sweet lamb Islay inconsolable by her side.

I hate baling twine. The door will be further blocked so this tragedy doesn't repeat itself, but we've lost a good friend and a wonderful breeding ewe. Elle came to us as a pregnant ewe from my friend Karen and she was the first ewe to lamb here. She gave us Gaia, Mousa, Faola, Inchgowan, and Islay. She was a wonderful mother.

We will treasure the lambs she gave us and miss her fiercely.




  1. Oh no :-(. I hate baling twine too. {{{hug}}}

  2. We lost a prize Hereford bull to baling wire that some idiot tossed over the pasture fence and Hercules ate. We still miss him.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Elle. She was such a beautiful and sweet ewe, and I know she meant a lot to you. Hang in there honey!

  4. Oh awful. Thank heavens she got to lamb again and give us some more beautiful daughters to carry on. Mousa has turned a lovely dark almost blue shaela with a moonspot by her tail. Looking forward to her first lamb next spring.

  5. I'm so sorry Sherry! I just read your post. It is so hard to say good bye to our animal family. Linus and I send hugs!

  6. That's very sad. I once saw a Red Deer with some baler twine and a plastic fertiliser sack attached to it's antlers. I always wonder what happened to the poor thing.

  7. There are no words that will make her loss easier; I'm just glad you have so many nice offspring of hers.

  8. Are having to feed the lamb?? I am so sorry to read this news. Hugs to all.

    1. No; she was definitely beyond weaning age which was good. She has settled down okay. Thanks everyone for your well wishes; they are greatly appreciated!