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Lambs, pigs talking to ewes and my last seminar...

Emma Heseltine: Sunday brings us no lambs at all but Monday morning is chaos. Three ewes have lambed and there are six lambs but it seems as though nobody knows which lambs belong to whom. We get them all in the pens and then start the task of sorting them out. It’s pretty easy to tell if a lamb doesn’t belong to a ewe as she will push it away so after a bit of trial and error I think I get it sorted. Trouble is when I go down the field to feed the cattle I find another lamb under the trailer… back to the drawing board. I get it sorted to a certain degree but one of the ewes has decided she is only having one lamb, the middle ewe meanwhile has four and doesn’t seem to mind that very much. Looks like someone is going in the adopter, there is no way that one of these ewes had four lambs, and there is no way she can feed four.

24 March 2013 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 5

Big pigs and seminars...

Emma Heseltine: We are creosoting all the gates at Wallacefield. There are We are creosoting all the gates at Wallacefield. There are quite a few wooden ones and it’s a nice messy job. Trouble is one of our tup’s, James likes to use the gate as a scratching post. Having carefully watched us paint it he then ambles over for a lead/scratch. We only notice later when we go past and there is a suspiciously striped Suffolk in the field. Silly boy.

07 October 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Beechnut is stuck, helping the neighbours and seminar...

Emma Heseltine: The boss is away and I’ve been left in charge. This is quite a daunting prospect as things tend to keel over as soon as she goes away. Today disaster is averted though when I spot Beechnut acting oddly at Wallace field.

29 January 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 4

Condition scoring, finding sheep in the snow and shortbread...

Emma Heseltine: The second of the seminars was this weekend. First we visited Daylesford in Gloucestershire, a wonderfully large operation with a very fancy shop which I felt somewhat out of place in my muddy wellies. Later it was on to Abbey Home Farm where our seminars were to take place, those of us staying over were to sleep in the green room, with its lovely roaring fire, in a somewhat school-trip themed pile on the floor.

11 December 2011 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 1

The first Seminar, enthusiastic tupping and squashed chicken...

Emma Heseltine: This weekend I have been to the first of my apprenticeship seminars at Carey Organics in Herefordshire. It was a long trip but worth it. It was great to meet my fellow apprentices and see round another organic farm.

20 November 2011 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 4

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