Eddy loves his teddy!!

Eddy

There can be no doubt that young Eddy Lamb loves his teddy, but there is one other thing that Eddy and all other little lambs love even more. And that thing is kindness.  And it is to the kindness of a stranger that our new little bundle of wool and love owes his life.  Whilst we are not sure whether it was his curious nature or an act of misfortune that saw the little guy cold, alone and frightened by the side of the road, we do know that it was the goodness of the human heart that saved young Eddy – quickly showering him with much need warmth, sustenance, kindness and a teddy! How lucky is Eddy? Very!

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Precious

Precious

Precious by name and precious by nature is our dear little special needs lamb, Precious. But to describe her as precious is not enough, for she is one determined and happy little lamb also, who is determined to live life to the fullest and be the happiest she can be. We were worried that Precious would have difficulty feeding and living in a world that she could not see, however she has quickly proven that such a thought has no place in the minds of those who are working tirelessly to ensure she has a life worth living. Now Precious does sometimes does get her north and south a little confused in her exuberance at feed time as she cranes her head back in a feat any contortionist would be proud of. But Precious lets nothing get the way of the bottle and her hungry lips.

Precious

On the rare days that the sun sees fit to raise her warm smile, Precious and her friends journey from the nursery stable to their outside play pen. The walk, or rather gambol, to their pen sees the wee ones head down the kindness trail and it is not only the sun that then smiles as dear little Precious lights up both our hearts and faces.

Precious

And one thing is for sure, while Precious may not see the world the way everyone else does, she certainly ‘sees’ it with feeling.Precious

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Something to talk about!!!

Mr Have-a-chat

Oh boy, this little guy is going to break some hearts! To look at the oh-so-cute Mister Have-a-chat now belies the dire straits he was in when he first arrived at the sanctuary just a little over two weeks ago. While his mother may have rejected him, we most certainly could not but it was with the heaviest of hearts that we made the trek to collect the poor young kid. With the sad and sudden passing of dear little Frostie dealing a heavy blow, we wondered if our collective hearts could stand another assault should little Mister Have-a-chat go the same way- which was high on the cards given he did not receive his mother’s colostrum and he was already over 24 hours old. To further complicate matters, we were to learn that hapless little Mister Have-a-chat’s older brother was also his father, a sad fact indeed! But we could never put our own grief above the welfare of a creature in need, so hiding our pain, we welcomed the cheeky cherub into our office and our hearts. And the darn little blighter hasn’t stopped talking about it ever since! And boy are we glad about that!!!

Mr Have-a-chat

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Thank Goat It’s Friday

Thank Goat Its Friday proudly brought to you by Carole, Jan, Cindy, Alice, Marcia, Greg, Peter, Bobby, Miss-Chief, Cappuccino, Florence, Julia, Parker, Vincent, Bucks Fizz, Toby, Kevin, Yin and Yang.

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Moving Day

Seven News

If you missed the feature of our move on Channel 7 News last night you can watch it here.

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Let it Snow

Let it Snow

While yesterday morning saw us celebrating the Edgar’s Mission official ‘moving day’ with the Channel Seven news crew on hand to film the transportation of many of our beloved animal residents to our new forever home, the afternoon also gave us great reason to whoop with joy. As we wandered around our beautiful new sanctuary grounds, a faultless, breathtaking rainbow spread across the winter’s sky, one end shining down perfectly upon our new ‘Goatville’ and the other gracing our dear Hansel and Gretel’s brilliant lush pasture. “What an omen!” we all cried out in excitement, “The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow really is Edgar’s Mission!” It was as if Mother Nature herself knew all about our mission of kindness and had graced us with the ultimate seal of approval. And certainly, when we think about all of the joy, kindness, love and compassion that thousands upon thousands of animals will experience within our sanctuary’s boundary, many for the first time in their lives, it is worth more than all of gold and all of the riches in the world. And it was just as we unloaded our last residents for the day into their new warm, straw lined stable, that Mother Nature sent yet another surprise our way – soft white snow cascaded down upon our new sanctuary and it also fell in many towns across the region. But whatever did this mean? Was this a good omen or not? We couldn’t be sure. However it wasn’t long before the answer came to us.

Let it Snow

A phone call from a council ranger advised us that seven sheep were left remaining in the pound after that day’s livestock auction, however nobody had attended to bid on them. We were told that the two elderly ewes and five lambs’ next steps were to take them the short distance to the abattoir where their days on this earth would be brought to an end. After an already exhausting and eventful day and with the mountain of work on our desks only piling up further each moment we spent away from the office, could we find it within us to throw them a lifeline? Of course we could! And so, as the camera crew prepared to wrap up for the day, we wasted no time in leaping into our rescue vehicle to save seven precious lives, all the while praising Mother Nature and her surprise snow for putting any potential bidders off of venturing out into the cold that afternoon.

Let it Snow

In celebration of Mother Nature’s timely gift, to the sanctuary of Edgar’s Mission, we welcome the beautiful and gentle Snow Angel, along with the wise old matriarch Snow Bell. Showing signs of age, along with a past best forgotten, these two beautiful old ewes will now know only loving kindness for the remainder of their days. They will wander through the greenest of pastures with the rest of our ‘elderly flock’ and be treated to the kind of life all sheep deserve. They will now know shelter and warmth, as well as the kind touch of a human hand. Joining dear Angel and Bell are five ‘adolescent’ lambs who will no doubt soon join up with our ‘lamb clan’ where they will learn the joys of making new friends, of setting out on exciting adventures, of getting up to mischief as only lambs can and of enjoying the sweet taste of wheet-bix treats for years to come. Welcome to rambunctious Storm, boisterous Blizzard, soft and fluffy Snowy, delicate Crystal and sweet little Snowdrop, we love you already.

Let it Snow

And so, after what has been a mammoth week here at Edgar’s Mission, with a spring in our step and a song in our heart, it seems we have seven more reasons to celebrate! “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!” Let it snow indeed.  Continue reading

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Snow Flake

Listen up!!! Snow Flake has an important announcement.  The Australian Labor Party, in honouring their commitment made last year have now opened a national consultation on phasing out the importation, manufacture, sale and advertising of cosmetics or cosmetic ingredients tested on animals. And now it is time to have your say and speak up for all of the not so lucky Snow Flake’s of this world.

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Don’t Let Kindness Go the Way of the Bilby…

Bilby

We may well live in the lucky country but if you were to ask some of the creatures who call this wide brown land home, you may get a different story indeed. Take the bilby, a native Australian, desert dwelling marsupial, whose days on this earth appear numbered due to habitat loss and destruction, as well as the introduction of competing species. The Greater Bilby is on the endangered species list, while the Lesser Bilby is believed to be extinct, leaving them both down on their luck indeed.

And another creature who was well and truly down on his luck is our own Bilby, a beautiful and gentle alpaca boy who arrived through our sanctuary gates safely ensconced in the back of our Kindness Van late this afternoon after a call for help saw our Rescue Team swing into action. A real estate agent visiting the property at which Bilby resided could not ignore the kindness in her heart as it told her to ‘Do Something’ for the creature she happened upon, who was severely underweight, growing weaker by the hour and no longer able to bear his own weight. With the help of another incredibly kind soul, in the form of a neighbour, the woman set about handfeeding the famished Bilby, offering him life sustaining fluids, keeping him warm and comfortable, making him feel safe and placing the call to Edgar’s Mission.  Continue reading

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Special delivery just now!!!

Snow

If we thought our lamb tally for today would rest at one lucky little boy, we have just been proved wrong. And while the stork certainly didn’t bring our latest special delivery, kindness certainly did. Found beside her dead mother this wee one has been given a second chance at life. Although her little bleats for a mother she will never see make us sad, we are reminded that in her sadness is her salvation. Welcome little Cloud, welcome. Continue reading

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So what do you get up to in a typical day?

Goat Attack

Many people often ask, “So what do you get up to in a typical day?” Our answer is succinct, “There is no typical day here at Edgar’s Mission”, but all roads we take lead to creating a kinder world for animals.

Goat Attack

Just this morning we have taken in a sickly baby goat who was found at a tip with horrific facial wounds suggestive of a dog or fox attack. While assessing the little kid, a young lamb was surrendered from a pound and then we took a call from a kindly Real Estate Agent who had this morning come across a very sickly alpaca barely clinging to life. Our rescue team has been dispatched and we pray our assistance is not too late for the dear boy. And now we await the arrival of ten chickens and a guinea pig from an outer Melbourne Pound. All this before 11.00 am.

Lamb

If you would like to support our rescue efforts to ensure all animals in our care receive the very best fighting chance please consider becoming one of our farmyard friends. As a regular monthly donor your tax deductible donation will ensure we can keep on keeping on for animals. Continue reading

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Finding Sanctuary

Moving Sheep

Finding sanctuary with Edgar’s Mission- an update on building our new forever home.

Tranquillity is described as calmness, peacefulness, quiet, serenity or simply put the quality or state of being tranquil and this perfectly describes 153 picturesque acres just outside of Lancefield, nestled in the beautiful Macedon Ranges that will bear the name Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary forever more.  Please enjoy these images of our sheep, the first animals to be moved across, enjoying the tranquillity that is Edgar’s Mission.

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A Kind Heart

Calliope, Michelambelo, Michellelambelo and Precious

Calliope, Michelambelo, Michellelambelo and Precious

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”  William Arthur Ward, and warm too are our lamby friends thanks to the good folk at  warmiesdogjackets who recently supplied these delightful warm and cosy little numbers.  We truly appreciate your kindness.

Calliope and Michelambelo

Calliope and Michelambelo

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What’s the kindest thing you did today?

Timmy the Sheep

Recently released footage by PETA has shocked and appalled everyday Australians, yet sadly many of the practices seen are just another day at the office in shearing sheds across the country.  That sheep need to be shorn is now a given as a result of selective breeding by we humans.  Merino sheep, a breed which produces the ‘highest’ quality fleeces, pay an enormous price for this with their thin wrinkly skins and less robust nature.  We here at Edgar’s Mission are truly fortunate to have the kindest of shearers; one who loves animals, who treats each and every one as an individual, who calls them all by their name and who left the industry because of the everyday cruelty he witnessed. His story is just one example of an everyday Australian who listened to the kindness in his heart, who chose not to look the other way but who was moved to declare, “I choose to no longer be a part of this suffering.”

www.theage.com.au/environment/animals/sheep-abuse-prompts-rspca-inquiry-20140710-zt3f2.html

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Unlocking the frozen heart…

Elsa

This time yesterday we had no idea of the pandemonium that was about to besiege our office as it underwent a sudden transformation into a triage ward for a critical newborn lamb. Our first hint of impending emergency came when we took the call from our Pete. It seems a kind hearted Samaritan had come upon an almost frozen newly born lamb and took the hapless creature to our new farm in Lancefield (which is yet to be fully operational). Pushing the pedal to the metal, with the near lifeless and limp lamb tucked under his jumper for warmth, Pete made post haste, quickly calling ahead to alert us of the emergency. Stored colostrum would be thawed, glucose drip readied, iodine solution on standby and heating devices prepared in order to give the wee one the very best chance at life we could. Continue reading

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August

August

August: adjective- inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; profoundly honoured; majestic.

And August is also the name of one of our dear turkey friends, who arrived at our sanctuary on the 21st of December 2012 as a tiny, chirping and curious young poult. Along with his buddies April, May, June and July; August got to do what very few turkeys ever do, and that is to experience a life worth living. As the months have rolled on and seasons have changed, so too have our turkey friends; morphing from happy vibrant little critters into ginormous aberrations of the beautiful, majestic creatures nature intended them to be. This is all thanks to human ‘ingenuity’. Being factory farmed birds, these hapless creatures grow way faster than nature intended, so much so that their poor little bodies will eventually succumb to this human imposed cruelty way before Mother Nature would have sent her calling card for heaven. Continue reading

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It’s Timmy Time!!

Mill Park Library

Yesterday the Mill Park Library came alive with ‘baa’s’ and ‘oh’s’ and ‘ah’s’ as Timmy Sheep from Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary held centre stage as part of the Green Fingers School Holiday Program. “Timmy is an incredible ambassador for sheep and indeed all farm animals” enthused Timmy’s number one fan and Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director, Pam Ahern. “Teaching the young decision makers of tomorrow the importance of kindness and empathy for all can never be understated and Timmy does just this in the most peaceable and fun way. Everyone simply fell head over hoof in love with him”

Mill Park Library

And what did Timmy think of the day? Not baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad at all!! Continue reading

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Baby it’s cold outside…

Calliope

But our hearts are now warm knowing that dear little Calliope is now safe. Found roadside, cold, very down and almost out, was she. But thanks to the quick thinking of a kind hearted soul she did not perish were she lay, nor did she become a fox’s dinner. For now she rests up in her new multi-colored coat with the Lambelos and Precious; equally lucky little lambs. And on this note we give thanks to the many sanctuaries and good folk across our country who too are providing safe refuge for one of the many many orphan little lambs, who thanks to their kindness will never become a statistic. Baby it may be cold outside but we give thanks to you. All it takes to change the world is a single act of kindness. Calliope Continue reading

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Chicken Independence Day

While many may recognize July 4th as America’s famous Independence Day from now on in we will recognize it as Independence Day for Chickens, as history will record it as the first day of Australia’s largest farmed animal rescue.  Almost 1,500 laying hens destined for slaughter received a last minute reprieve when a battery hen farmer had a change of heart.  Pledging the cages would never again hold a chicken the farmer nervously sought assistance to rehome the hens to safe and loving homes.  At first we thought it was some kind of a joke, but meeting with the farmer at a secret location we believed him to be genuine and so on July 4th 2012 Australia’s largest farmed animal rescue began.

Two years on, and while we still celebrate Chicken Independence Day here at Edgar’s Mission, we also strive and wish for the day that no chicken will need rescuing; a day when all hens will be free. To scratch in the soil, to stretch your wings, to bathe in the dust and to feel the sun’s warm rays upon your back – these are some of the most important moments in the life of a chicken, yet they are denied to almost 12 million battery hens in our country alone. Take a moment this Chicken Independence Day to join millions of people worldwide in enjoying our beautiful, heartwarming video, Normal and Natural and ask yourself, “Shouldn’t it be Normal and Natural for humans to be kind?”

Happy Chicken Independence Day from all of us here at Edgar’s Mission!

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Another day, another rooster…. or six!

Another Day

Rare is the day when we do not learn of the plight of yet another hapless rooster.  Found wandering the streets, thoughtlessly dumped over a back fence, surrendered to a local pound, the result of an ill-conceived school chicken hatching project, the list goes on and on.  The month of June saw several of these special feathered wonders find sanctuary through our farm gates.

Another Day

Captain Roseworthy is a particularly handsome Plymouth Rock rooster with a most unusual rose comb.  There is Captain Featherfoot, a spunky little bantam rooster, so named because of all the feathers that adorn his feet, then there is his trusty little friend Princess Camilla (who in fact turned out to be a rooster).  The proud and upstanding Francois Mitterrand is a beautiful Barred rock rooster rounds out the number to six roosters for the month of June!

Another Day

Lowdown on chicken combs:

Did you know the scientific name for chickens is Gallus domesticus?  ‘Gallus’ is the Latin word meaning comb.  All chickens have combs; they are the fleshy protrusions on their heads and whilst they come in a variety of shapes and sizes they are larger and flashier on the male counterparts.  And combs aren’t just for looks, they serve a number of purposes.  As chickens do not sweat, the comb provides a cooling mechanism, whereby in hot weather warm blood flows through the comb and wattles returning cooled to the body.  A word of warning though, in extremely cold weather the points can freeze and fall off.  Apart from ensuring your feathered friends always have a warm and dry place to shelter, protective creams can be applied to the combs to block out the cold.  Combs too are also a good indication of the health of the bird.  A flaccid, shrivelled, pale or darker comb is a sign of ill-health, while a plumb bright red comb is a sign that all is well.  It is worth noting that the combs of both Silkies and Sebrights are black or dark purple. And finally, as chickens are attracted to the color red, the boys know bigger is better.

Another Day

There are around 9 different types of combs found on poultry.  They range from the single comb which is by far the most common type of comb to the buttercup, the pea, the rose, the strawberry, the cushion, the V, the walnut and the carnation. All of these names give a pretty good indication of what the comb will look like. Continue reading

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The hills are alive with …..Pippi Longstocking!

Pippi

Oh my, she is a little heart stopper but it is hard to believe that our Pippi Longstocking was surrendered to a local pound along with the words, “We don’t want her”.  Yet this ever so friendly and assertive little kid is only too willing to greet her new human friends. In fact, Pippi has taken it upon herself to become the new farm chaperone, ushering volunteers to their daily tasks and making sure that pats, cuddles and fussing over adorable little goats are at the top of everyone’s to do list. And just like her namesake, nothing much fazes our Pippi Longstocking, except of course cruelty towards animals.  Diminutive in size, we too think our Pippi will never grow up, that is at least into a large goat for she has the tiniest most petite little goaty feet we have ever seen, about half the size of our orphan baby goats.

Pippi

While Pippi Longstocking can look forward to many exciting adventures here at Edgar’s Mission, caring for and protecting animals should never be a venture into the unknown. Please if you are considering taking an animal into your world, consider that you could well be taking on a twenty year commitment, which comes complete with both joyous times as well as heart ache and financial responsibilities.  And while you may have many friends, you will always be the best friend of your animal companion, please never forget that. Continue reading

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Looking down the barrel of a gun – Meet Doctor No

Dr No

With his distinctive lavender feathers and quirky ear muffs, our new friend quickly stamped himself as hailing from the Araurana poultry breed.  But after one meeting with the handsome, ‘shaken not stirred’ Sean Connery (another recently arrived Araucana rooster) it appeared no amount of counter intelligence could quell the radio activity between these two.

Dr No arrived at our sanctuary under similar circumstances to his adversary, yet despite their ruggedly handsome good looks, both were looking down the barrel of the same unpleasant outcome, simply for being born male.  Sadly this is the lot for so many roosters brought into this world, as we humans play double agent with our kindness toward them.  Yet given the chance, roosters can become firm favourites in many a farmyard and heart. All they need is a little CIA (Compassion in Action).  Continue reading

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Baabara Anne needs a barber!!

Baarbara Anne

Our latest sheepy friend Baabara Anne certainly does need a date with a barber, with several years of fleece thickly embracing her.  This is one date that will have to be kept waiting due to the bitter winter chills, cold days and rainy nights that are currently reigning supreme here at this time of year.  As newly shorn sheep are prone to hypothermia, shearing Baabara Anne at this time of year would place a double burden on the poor ewe.  Surrendered from a backyard, Baabara Anne has quickly adjusted to the life of a flock sheep and greatly takes comfort in being surrounded by her own kind as opposed to paling fences and barking dogs.

Baarbara Anne

Whilst wool keeps sheep insulated against the cold, shearing is necessary as the fibres will continue to grow and if left unshorn welfare issues will plague the hapless animal.  Shearing is best carried out in the spring months when the weather is much kinder and less subject to dramatic extremes.  Shivers run up our spines and through our hearts when we see freshly shorn sheep at this time of year as the risk of hypothermia is greatly increased.  Freshly shorn sheep have about 3mm of fleece remaining which can cause up to a threefold increase in heat loss.  Shearing the wool removes their natural protection and makes it harder for the animals to self-regulate their body temperature.  However, as the days wear on and the fleece commences to grow, high mortalities can still occur, regardless of time of year  for up to four weeks if sufficient shelter is not provided.

Baarbara Anne

So for our new friend Baabara Anne she will have to wait some more before she can go ‘rockin and a rollin’ with her barber. Continue reading

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Reasons for hope

Reasons For Hope

Depending on who you listen to, the prospects of climate change can be quite dire.  Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Sea levels are rising and fresh water availability is decreasing in regions around the globe.  With an unprecedented human influence, our planet has altered dramatically. Rivers are dying, magnificent life-sustaining forests are being ravaged, clean air is compromised, more and more animals are killed and brutalised and more plant and animal species are being pushed to the brink.  Open any newspaper and a litany of unbelievable crimes spill out; self-indulgence runs rampant and politics seem even crazier.

But I still have hope, and I’ll tell you just some of the reasons why. Continue reading

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Bella-beautiful in anyone’s language!

Bella

To many, she may look like a scraggy bag of bones dressed up as a goat but we think our latest caprine friend is just beautiful- inside and out. Languishing in an outer Melbourne pound, Bella’s sad eyes and trusting nature touched not only our hearts instantly but also those of the kindly pound workers who sought a better life for her. With parasitic drench administered, along with a few extra potions from our bag of tricks, Bella is already feeling very much improved. This friendly goat is around 3-4 years of age and whilst life to date has been none too kind to her, she is so happy to be around we humans as she cheerily calls out a hello “Baaaaa,” whenever she spies us. Once on the road to recovery, Bella will be looking to share her world with someone special. Is that you? If you think so please let us know on [email protected] or 0408 397 301.

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When saying goodbye is the right thing to do.

Piper

That was the very tough called our new Isa-Brown hen’s human carers were recently faced with.  With the passing of both her buddies, Piper had become a lonesome and lonely little hen. Whilst she loved her human carers and they too adored her, Piper longed for the company of her own kind.  So putting their own heartache to one side, Piper was gently and lovingly surrendered into our care.  And it was not long before Piper struck up quite a romance with the handsome and loveable Larry, a recently surrender rooster. Larry, already having acquired a harem of three hens, ‘Matador’ danced Piper into his number –stealing her as his firm favourite.

Piper’s story is another reminder that through animals we can find the greatest of human attributes; selflessness, kindness and compassion.  And we are sure too that while Larry may fill her day, Piper’s human friends are still in her dreams.

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The powerless are precious

Precious

Tipping the scales at just over 2kgs the tiny lamb cranes her head awkwardly back and it is clear all is not well.  Rejected by her mother earlier in the day it was thought that when her human arrived home from work the tiny waif would have passed from this world, but despite the bitterness of the day and the difficult birth she had endured, she refused to die.  And when she was first surrendered into our care doubtful were we she would make it through the night, obviously at that point we hadn’t realised the determination of the little lamb we have christened Precious.

Precious

Precious loves her bottle and seems content, even playful, in her world.  Despite suffering blindness (we are yet to know whether this is temporary or not) and possible brain damage she has made firm pals with the Lambelos, Michel and Michelle.  To see the three wee ones together, so innocent and pure, vulnerable and happy, nothing is more true than the powerless are precious. Precious

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Something to talk about, meet Mister Have-a-chat

Mister Have-a-chat

At just four days old little Mister Have-a-chat certainly has a story to tell. Born one of triplets, his two siblings passing away shortly after birth, he was then rejected by his mum.  His pitiful cries caught the ears and heart of kindly neighbours who stepped in to assist.  While help was forthcoming sadly colostrum was not.  With the wee chap arriving into our care some 24 hours later only time will tell if our administering of colostrum was too late.

Mister Have-a-chat

But for now Mister Have-a-chat has become a self- appointed office assistant; happy sorting mail (peeing on letters he doesn’t like, chewing the ones he does), adding his own personal notes to letters we type, bringing a most unique filing system to our office which adds its own brand of chaos only an adorable kid goat can and when that tires the wee chap out he snoozes peacefully in front of the heater!!

Mister Have-a-chat

Footnote on colostrum.  Colostrum is the first milk all mammals deliver to their babies.  It provides passive immunities for the first few months of life against a host of infections and greatly assists in kick starting the infants digestive and immune systems.  Newborn animals are born without any antibodies of their own and are at grave risk if they do not receive these in their mother’s colostrum in the first twenty fours of life.  The ability to absorb antibodies drastically decreases after 12 hours and is essentially gone by 24 – 48 hours of age.  If you come by a newborn lamb or kid goat who has not received colostrum please seek immediate assistance, feeding milk within the first 24 hours that is not colostrum will compromise future absorption of colostrum.  Continue reading

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