Chalk it up to education, my mother always says when things don't go as planned. Seems we are always learning new things around here. Just when you think you have it all worked out on the farm mother nature throws you another curve ball. This year I have learned more than I ever wanted to know about internal parasites related to sheep.
So from the lessons of this year we will make a few changes for next year. We will have less lambs for sure, that has many added benefits including more time with each lamb so in the end they will all be more friendly. We have less animals in total, lower stocking rate equals less parasites. We will put newly weaned lambs on "clean" pasture, that is a different paddock than the moms were on and hopefully not as contaminated. We may also have our lambing a bit later in the season so the pastures are dryer, something mother nature will have to help us with too. And we will monitor very closely. Certainly I will always have more to learn, but isn't that one of the joys of life!