We are sorry to report that the lamb born yesterday is gone missing and her mother has puncture wounds to her neck. She obviously tried to fend off the attacker but was not successful nor was Clarendon. It is a big loss but not the end. Sheep take around 5 months to gestate so this poor girl is set back almost a year. Farming is not as glorious as Hollywood makes it out to be it is better. The Smith family has learned to take our perspective drawn from hope and a sense of pure joy. This farm was given to us out of blessing and it can be taken from us just as easily. That is providence and we will live in it with joy no matter what comes.
Our farm does not have much fencing around the perimeter which is greatly hindering our expansion and growth. In the 3 months we have been here we have incurred fines for livestock being out, had vandalism, fences ruined and now livestock killed. Some of this is people, some is domestic animals and some wild animals all of which can be limited by a sturdy fence. I am not naive enough to believe this will end all the issues but it is a big first step toward securing our farm. We are in the midst of fundraising for fencing and are about 1/3 to the goal. Construction begins in 2 weeks so if you would be willing to support your farm with donations toward our fence project please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org right away. Thank you for your consideration and for following our family farm’s progress both in success and set back.