We lost our sick sheep yesterday afternoon. We were really hopeful that she might bounce back, but it wasn't to be.
The sheep are our "big animals" and they are challenging to lose -- financially and emotionally. But we try to look at the big picture. JB wants to develop a STRONG herd. Even if this sheep would have made it, we wouldn't have allowed her to breed. We want to keep animals that are resistant to bugs and parasites and can create a flock for us that barely needs our help to survive. But knowing you want to do that and really doing it are two different things. Losing an animal is still very sad.
This was one of the new sheep we had bought. We started our farm with ten sheep and one died shortly after. The other nine are still going strong.
My emotions fluctuate about ten times a day. I go from thinking, "This is the best life ever!" to "Can I really do this life?" nearly hourly. Losing a sheep definitely puts me into the second category.