14 August 2017

Goodbye, Honey

A few months ago I made the difficult decision to sell Honey for a number of reasons, the main one being that she bullied everyone else. With older and younger sheep in a field together a bit of posturing is to be expected, but Honey seemed to go out of her way to cause trouble. It was one of those decisions that never occurs to you, and once it does it's like a weight has lifted from your shoulders. I waited to sell her until we had some lambs ready to go too so she wasn't on her own.

Two of the pet lambs were in this batch too - Brown-Faced Lamb and Miss Piggy.

Honey marked and ready to go.

The marker was fresh on their wool and got yellow and blue everywhere. (Our unofficial colours for the sale ring are blue and yellow - a wonderful coincidence that they mix to form green.)

The pet lambs may have been shorter in stature but they were rounder.


We drove to the saleyard, about twenty-five minutes away, and when we arrived we waited for the opportune moment to join the queue. I opened the side door of the trailer to check on everyone.

All had arrived safely.

Miss Piggy and the Brown-Faced Lamb were the first of the pet lambs to go this year.

Honey had never been away from home before.

She came over for scratches.

Her companions didn't, but then they weren't pets.

One last look at Honey.

She was sold for breeding, so she's out there somewhere...


  1. Necessary, but a bit sad to part with the ones that are your pets. As a kid, my uncle raised rabbits; we kids made pets of the does, but not the bucks, for we knew their fate.

  2. I'm sure that was a difficult to decision to make, but it sounds like it was the best decision for everyone!