Every now and then a big personality is born on a farm. Seven is one of them.
Born in 2016 as part of a set of triplets, Seven was met with the big wet that had hit his home of ‘Aloeburn’, Boree Creek. Very few paddocks remained safe from flood waters for the lambing ewes and his farmers, Jodie and Andrew Green had some tough decisions to make for the wellbeing of their flock.
Both Seven and his brother were adopted by Jodie and Andrew, giving their sister a more promising start at life. The two young rams were added to the poddy mob, they became part of the special 33 that year.
A lot of love, hand feeding and patience, Seven was soon big and strong enough to be weaned and turned back out to the paddocks with the rest of the lambs on the farm. Out in the grassy fields of Aloeburn, Seven could have easily disappeared into the mob and let his story fade into the background. But, this is Seven we are talking about here. He’s no sheep, as Jodie recalls from his younger days.
‘There were about 1,000 lambs weaned into a 500 acre paddock and twice I went down to the paddock and called “babies!” , which is how I’d always called to the lambs as I was approaching the stables with their bottles. Both times Seven came up to me in the paddock… that was really special.
Just before Christmas we walked all of the lambs back to the yards to truck them to our lease property to go onto lucerne to grow out. While I was working in the yards, moving the lambs through, I looked down and Seven was standing next to me chewing on the end of my belt!’
‘He wasn’t doing so well by then and seemed to be a bit chesty, like he had a bit of a lung infection, so I brought him home to give him some antibiotics and get him well… that’s how he ended up back at the house and hasn’t gone far since!’
These days Seven is quite the social butterfly and enjoys hanging out with different mobs and loves to take the younger sheep under his wing, teaching them the ways of his world.
‘We have a small mob of late lambing stud ewes by the house and Seven has made his way in with them! They have no interest in him of course but he seems pretty happy hanging out with the ladies. Prior to making his way into that paddock he was living with the 2017 poddys, teaching them to eat grain etc. Before he was nannying the poddies he was living around the house but always getting locked into his yard at the stables each night. He would wander around the garden and loved it when I was in the vege garden, he’s a fan of spinach!’
While his antics are appreciated around the house paddock, shearing time is also full of his gags. As shearing rolled around this year, Seven waited patiently the night before all the action started and slept over in the woolshed with the other young rams.
As all the boys were moved into the catching pens the next morning, Seven casually let himself out of the pens and wandered around the woolshed. His shearer is always hand picked for him (of course only the best) and after his haircut, he still likes to hang out with the shearing team for the rest of the day, only returning back to the house paddock once Jodie and Andrew are ready to retire for the night.
He’s a character alright and seems to light up the room (or paddock) whenever he’s around. He has a celebrity status on his farm and listening to Jodie and Andrew talk about his personality, he has clearly brought not just that beautiful 18 micron Aloeburn wool to the table, but a lot of laughs, love and entertainment.
Seven will now continue to live out his days on his farm. ‘He’ll never be sold or culled though, he has personality traits that are above the top 1% and that gives him the privilege to see his days out at Aloeburn!’