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Lambs, Linda and the shearling...

Emma Heseltine: More lambs all over the place this week, we have taken quite a lot down to the hay meadow. They are transported one ewe and her lambs at a time in the quad trailer, a little ewe taxi. I love going down there on an evening to give the ewes their dinner. The lambs at that time of day are full of frolics, jumping about, climbing and racing up and down the field, burning off energy before bed time. It must be spring if the lambs are jumping.

31 March 2013 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 3

Acorn and Kate and my little friends ploughing...

Emma Heseltine: Acorn lost a calf earlier this year. We hoped it wasn’t something wrong with her and sent her back to Jeremiah. She was in calf according to the vet and I worked out that she should be due on or around Christmas. I was hoping she wouldn’t calve on Christmas day as that would certainly put a bit of a spanner in my plans for the day!

09 December 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Shearling, new quad and Kipling...

Emma Heseltine: Some of our new shearlings have decided to escape and reclassify themselves. They have jumped out of the field with all the other ewes and the tups and have got into the field with the lambs and cull ewes.

04 November 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

The Flower show, stamping on grass and a trip over the border...

Emma Heseltine: It’s the Houghton Village flower show this weekend so we had better enter some things. I’m not much of a flower person but photography is certainly my thing so I enter some pictures. I also take a big risk and enter some of my amateur jam; plum, orange and cinnamon.

16 September 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 4

Lamb taxi, a new coat and Hayley and King...

Emma Heseltine: I’m moving some of the ewes and their lambs to the hay meadow at Tarraby. They stay in the pens a couple of days so we can make sure that the lambs are okay, that the ewe is mothering them properly and we can give them a pedicure. Then they can go out into the field and enjoy the new grass. I’ve been doing some of the foot trimming and I can tell you it is not easy to tip a mule, they are big sheep and they are most unappreciative of my efforts. It’s a fairly easy job loading them into the trailer, the ewes will follow their lambs so we just pick them up and pop them in and the ewe follows.

13 April 2012 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 1

Wasi and June, chopping logs and an extra sheep...

Emma Heseltine: Wasi’s calf June is looking a bit on the skinny side. We have been watching her for a few days now and suspect that she is not getting milk. Its time to intervene, we get Wasi and June out to Tarraby and load them up to take to Wallace Field where hopefully we can feed her up a bit.

15 January 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Tupping time, 'L' plates and a sharp reminder

Emma Heseltine: We have sorted the sheep at Willowford. The ewes are going into three groups. Bob the Leicester has the wild Swaledales and Black welsh Mountains, Magnus the Gotland has the mules and three quarters with particularly nice wool and the Suffolk’s. Geoff the Suffolk has the Dorset’s and everyone else.

07 November 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

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