57 thoughts on “Bright and beautiful: new born lambs

    1. Oh, how lovely to hold one We met some hand-reared ones a week or two back. While not absolutely vegetarian, we eat very little meat – haven’t had lamb in years.

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  1. Our lambkins are all gone! It’s lovely to see your pretty black and white faced babies who are looking very curious at the woman with the camera! Hope the second jab has gone well and no nasty after effects.. Which one did you get?

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      1. I think NZ has been so focused on industrial scale sheep farming that we mainly have one or two breeds. Small farmers are beginning to breed and raise lesser-known (to us) breeds, but theyโ€™re a tiny minority.

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  2. Ahh, lambs – think it was making the link between lambs and lamb that turned my daughter vegetarian. What with one thing and another I stopped eating meat too, but if everybody stops eating lamb and wearing wool, what will happen to all the rare breeds? Agricultural wildlife parks?

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    1. One of the saddest summer sights round here is seeing heaps of fleeces tossed into a corner, as A Problem. They earn less than the farmer had to pay to have them shorn off the sheep’s backs. Sure, some rare breeds don’t have this problem, but to the average sheep farmer … Nope, I don’t eat lamb either, or meat at all really, though I don’t describe myself as vegetarian.

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      1. Canโ€™t the fleeces be used for insulation? Surely in the past they wouldnโ€™t have been seen as a problem. Oh dear, I donโ€™t know. Yes, I donโ€™t eat meat now either, and also donโ€™t call myself a vegetarian. Great choices of food when I visit my daughter in London, but still a limited choice of pretty awful dishes even in some of the more โ€˜ratedโ€™ Suffolk eateries. Itโ€™s all about locally sourced, organic, previously โ€˜happyโ€™ meat!

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      2. I don’t know the ins and outs of it all, Agnes. Yes, I know wool is supposed to be used in all sorts of things these days, like insulation. Though I heard on the radio the other day that not any old wool is suitable. I think it needs to be curly and bouncy so lots of air is trapped. But I’m not an expert …

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