On The Farm
Newly hatched chicks
Unusual for this time of year but maybe due to the mild weather we have just had a new addition of 8 chicks to the Farm, Dec'15. More new chicks have arrived October 2016!
April 2016 and they've just started laying :-) all we have to do now is try & stop out visitor Mr Fox from taking them in broad daylight.
Tom close to the camera
This is one of our twin Friesian bullocks called Tom being very inquisitive. Dougie, Brandy & Snap are in the background.
Winifred bought some store lambs from a hill farmer. We will fatten them on our grass ready for market in February 2016.
April 2016 - All but4 of last years lambs have now gone to market, they just need a little more grass & corn and then they'll be off too.
More lambs have once again arrived, pictures to follow soon!
July 2015 Orchid
This is the first ever Orchid we have seen on the farm in forty years. The experts say that climate change is good for them. It flowered for nearly six weeks. We had an electric cow fence around it to protect it. I wonder if we'll get another one this year?
Sheep prepared for lambing
The ewe (No. 425) in the picture with the orange bottom was marked by the ram on the 2nd December. If you add 147 days gestation we should be lambing her the 27th April, 2016.
April 2016 - We're still waiting for this the last ewe to lamb, maybe she's just not in lamb? No she wasn't and so we had to say goodbye to her.
New sheep have been bought and the tup is once again in there ready to start the cycle again!
Sam Trimming The Hedges And Cutting The Verges 20th December, 2015
He creates an "A" shape to enable both sides of the hedge to have the maximum day light for growth and for small birds to shelter and hide in the peak.
We cut the majority of the hedges in alternate years to allow more berrys for winter feed.
Spring has sprung and the hedges are already filling out with new growth, where do the years go?
SPRING Has Sprung The New Baby Lambs Have Arrived
The news lambs are arriving we have four boys and two girls up to now!
April 2016 - 15 lambs from 8 ewes so quite pleased with our lambing season this year. We have Freda who we have to feed on the bottle and Nick who has a crooked neck but they're all doing well!
March 2018 - 2 baby lambs on now being bottle fed every 4 hrs, yes even through the night so if you fancy helping out how about the 4.30am shift!?! Their mum had quads and so doesn't have enough milk to feed all four of them herself.