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Dont get stuck, tiny lambs and rolling...

Emma Heseltine: Today it’s starting to feel a little bit like spring, finally and I’m learning to plough. It looks so easy, up and down turning over the soil but as with everything it’s harder than it looks. The ground is a bit wet and I’m in the little Massey which is two wheel drive. The trick is to give it lots of oomph apparently and remember to raise the plough up if I get to a sticky bit and the wheels start spinning. Also ‘whatever you do, don’t get stuck’, good advice.

07 April 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

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

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

More calves, a bonfire and lambs...

Emma Heseltine: The calves are coming thick and strong, Cypress has a little bull calf which is named Lincoln. He is born on an extremely snowy day (obviously, best time to have babies) so we bring them up to the paddock near the house and put them in the shed for 24 hours, it’ll be much better than being out in the freezing cold blizzard that proceeds to lash down all day.

17 March 2013 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 1

Wasi, Lambs and a good market...

Emma Heseltine: Today is a sad day. We have an old cow, Wasi, who has come to the end of her breeding days and is hanging out with the store cattle having a bit of a retirement before it time to go down the road. Today we come to Wallacefield and she is down.

24 February 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

A transport puzzle, technology and falling over...

Emma Heseltine: The boss is away this week so I’m wondering what is going to attempt to keel over. Last time it was the Landrover. We are getting all the lambs in at Wallacefield to see how they are getting on and dag and check the feet of a couple.

26 August 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

The three T's, escapology and the last hay...

Emma Heseltine: Whilst I was baling hay at the weekend the rest of the gang were weaning the lambs at Wallacefield. Today we are going to check through the ewes to see if they are all okay, if there are any mutton in the flock. It’s a sheep MOT, the three T’s; teeth, toes and teats. We need to make sure none have bad udders; they need to be able to feed their lambs. They must have all their teeth, or at least most of them as if they can feed themselves properly then they can’t produce enough milk to feed their lambs. Lastly they must have good feet otherwise they can’t get to the grass to feed themselves in order to produce milk to feed their lambs. It’s all linked.

19 August 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Strimming, a broken thistle cutter and the Cumberland show...

Emma Heseltine: I’m doing the strimming in the small paddocks again. To really get rid of the rushes you need to keep on top of them by strimming them all through the summer whenever they pop up. Trouble is Peanut, our resident troublemaker pet lamb, is in the field too and thinks this looks like a great game.

11 June 2012 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 1

Filming, simple lambs and complicated lambs...

Emma Heseltine: We have started the week with more excitement at the Croft. The other week I had a phone call from Tim Perrett at the Soil Association. I met him at a seminar during the winter and he was telling me about a project based on the very popular lambing live which was on TV the last couple of years.

05 April 2012 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 4

Difficult lambs, lost lambs, pet lambs and rolling...

Emma Heseltine: This morning there is a difficult lamb being born. The Ewe has had her first and is having a rest before the next comes. We come back to check on her and discover a head and one leg sticking out. This is no good, we need two legs, that lamb has got to go back in.

25 March 2012 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 2

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