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Confused lambs, a cheeky lamb and the last lamb...

Emma Heseltine - 14 April 2013

We are giving the ewes and lambs in the big Houghton field their morning feed and it’s usually chaotic. The ewes all come running for their food and the lambs all mill about in confusion bleating until mum has finished breakfast, then there is much running around and baaing until everyone is matched up again. We leave them too it, a few lambs are testing out the goods on offer but most are milling/bleating. One however decides we have its mum or are its mum and comes pelting across the field with us. We are on the quad bike and are going at a fair pace but it comes haring along after us in full bleat mode. Eventually I have to stop (from laughing) and we shoo it off, it decides we are not mum and careers off up the field. Daft lamb.

One of Johns lambs wins my adorable lamb of the day award. Number 44 lost its mum, an easy-care ewe, and so is in the ‘special cases’ pen in the big shed. Thing is, it doesn’t really bother about staying in there. Often if you come around the corner to the yard there it is, exploring. There are a lot of nooks and crannies to explore in the yard and the sheds; all the machinery is stored here so its trailers, bailers, combine harvesters, rakes, tedders and troughs to play hide and seek in. There is a small gap in the edge of the pen that 44 can squeeze out of. He knows where he belongs though as when you yell at him off he scoots back into the pen. What me? No I was here all along! It must have been some other lamb you saw…

The lambs from last year, now technically hogs, have been jumping the wall. They think the grass is greener and so have found the week point and are jumping over into Chester the pony’s field. We are going to patch up the hole in the wall and hopefully keep them in their own field. There are quite a lot of rocks from the wall scattered about so it should just be a case of re-assembling the jigsaw. Peanut, the pet lamb from last year is still in this field and is still a bit attached to humans. She comes over to see what we are doing and helps out by standing on my feet, bleating and sticking her head in the gaps to show us where to put the rocks. Thanks peanut but I’m sure this would go quicker without your help.

On Friday morning the last ewe looks like she is thinking about lambing. But don’t get too excited, she’s been doing this for days. Pacing, pawing the ground, going off on her own etc… when we get back from Wallace field in the afternoon there she is with a nice big lamb by her side. Well done Mrs, lambing is done. 

Emma completed a degree in Creative Imaging at Huddersfield University before working for a photography studio as an editor. Taking a break from the office world she worked in outdoor education for several years, climbing, abseiling, shooting, trampolining and even life-guarding with children of all ages. When Emma found out about the apprenticeship scheme with the Soil Association it seemed the perfect chance to do something worthwhile and fulfilling. After much searching and badgering farms in the North of England she found a position with Hadrian Organics and started in July 2011. So far it is living up to her expectations, every day is a new challenge and every day is different.


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