The Lohja abattoir seems to have closed down (rumor says it's a family feud) and so there is a huge bottleneck in Raseborg now. The earliest date we could get for taking our flock is 9 December and that's in Kemitö which is about as far as we would go with the trailer. Bad news - we will have the added expense of feeding the flock through November and we will probably have to extend the sheep shed so they have a bigger area to sleep in (though they seem to prefer sleeping in the field at the moment). Let's hope the wolf pack keeps away - there were three more sheep killed out towards Perniö a few days ago.
Raseborg desperately needs a new abattoir - where are all the entrepreneurs when you need them?
We opened up the gate over to Rosendal so the sheep could walk up the road and graze on what's left of the willow along the ditches. They were more interested in exploring than eating and quickly found the huge pile of compost and peat that we have been building up all summer... and of course, they all took turns to climb to the top.
They are incredibly noisy now and start baa-baaing as soon as they see us or the neighbour. I think it is partly greed - they came running over when I picked an apple and all 24 stood there watching me eat it. One apple core doesn't go far with a flock of sheep. We collected more oats from Ronny but the carrot seller was closed so I gave them a few from the garden. They are also nibbling on some of the pumpkins that were previously nibbled by mice. Nothing gets thrown away!
We've moved the hay into the polytunnel because it is easier to keep it dry in there. We doubled the size of the hay feeder so there is plenty of room for them all to eat when they can't be bothered to graze or fancy something sweeter.