Got about half the ewes and lambs home for shearing this morning. It’s always a bit of a gamble as we don’t want them home too soon or for too long but we must have them dry for shearing on Tuesday. Wet sheep are difficult to shear and the wool goes mouldy.
The rest are coming home by lorry tomorrow. Charlie can move most of them in his lorry in a couple of trips so it saves us hours of time and fuel.
If you saw Charlie’s lorry you’d think he was called ‘Charles’ but its written like that because he couldn’t find an ‘i’ in his lettering set!
We’ll also sort some lambs from this lot tomorrow and maybe wean the oldest group. We always try to do as many jobs as we can while they’re at home as its so much easier and in the dry!
Had a great market in Tenbury Wells yesterday – it’s a new one which looks very promising. Useful takings despite appalling weather and a lot of support from the public. Only problem was the wind which has wrecked our gazebo so Whyle House Lamb will need a new one which wasn’t in the budget!
This must be one of the loveliest spots in Herefordshire with views to the black mountains. Usually only the sheep get to enjoy it.
I suspect most people are unhappy with the recent rain but it’s been quite useful for us. I never thought I’d hear myself say this after the winter we’ve had but we really do need rain. Probably more than that though, we need warmth. Plants need plenty of heat and moisture to grow properly and the nights are still so cold that we’re not getting the grass growth we need.
Having said that I walked our silage grass yesterday and it is beginning to bulk up a bit. Advice this year is to take a light early cut and then hope for better conditions to produce a decent second cut. I think that’s what we’ll do so as soon as it comes dry again I’ll mow that piece. The reseeded piece of grass is still very slow – I think it’ll come eventually but considering the plan was to cut it this week – and it’s only about an inch high – we might need a ‘plan b’.
I heard the curlews again this morning – they must be roosting up in the trees at the top of our field.
I’m told we need a blog. Apparently anyone who is anyone on the web has a blog so I guess we’d better have one. We’re farmers really (I always add the ‘really’ to re-assure myself since we do lots of other things these days) – we farm sheep and sell our lamb direct to the public via farmers’ markets and direct from the farm.
Last week I spent a great deal of time decorating – in advance of opening our doors as a Bed and Breakfast establishment. We have two lovely rooms – one en suite and one with its own bathroom and visitors have the use of the old part of the house with a cosy sitting room and dining area in what was the local shop.
We spent our weekend treating lambs for worms and injecting them against the many diseases they seem to get these days and today we’ve been getting ready for shearing tomorrow.
Life is rarely dull here.