The vet is coming shortly. Some of the cattle in the shed are unwell and we need to make sure we sort out the problem before we have an epidemic of something like pneumonia.
It is quite normal when housing cattle of mixed ages to have something like this happen, it is rather like small children starting school, they meet a good mix of germs and different food and some of the batch are fine and some succumb.
Our cattle shed is open on all sides and is very airy, it is split done the middle with all the younger cattle on one side and the older ones on the other side. However, they can still meet and mingle noses (and therefore germs) across the water trough in the middle.
We also have a ram who has a serious and persistent abscess on his leg, despite a week of daily attention and antibiotic injections. He is a bought-in shearling ram ( 2 years old), supposedly in his prime, and should have been used on the ewes this month. This untimely abscess has now put paid to him working at all this season and we will see today if the vet thinks he can be sorted out and saved for working next year or whether his problem is just too severe. It is the first time in a lifetime of sheep farming that we have ever had such a problem, so the fact that we were told when growing up that every year (or season) is different really holds true.
Lastly, the vet will vaccinate the farm collie with her annual booster. We always try to tie this task in with a visit whenever we can as she is not at all well behaved in the surgery and this is much better for everyone, especially the dog.