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Swinging Lambs

It’s no secret to anyone that knows me well that my dream retirement job is farming. I want to own a small piece of land raising sheep, goats, and chickens and be as self-sufficient as possible. As I prepare for that eventuality, I have been reading books on shepherding, veterinary medicine, and other interesting topics.

I was reading about lambing procedures when one technique, used when a lamb is born with breathing problems, caught my eye. “Grasp the lamb firmly and swing it aggressively in an arc several times in order that centrifugal force will expel the fluid in the lungs. Make sure you have a good grip on the lamb to avoid throwing it out of the barn.” Wow. I can hardly wait for that.

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