Thursday, 19 November 2020
Saturday, 14 November 2020
Peter the Suffolk tup went out with the Cheviots (and few remained Zwartble crosses) last Sunday. Whenever Farmer went to check them, he would leave the ewes and start following the quad bike. Farmer deduced he was hungry and started taking him a few nuts each day.
It has been very wet!
Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Here they are tucking to the hay in the hay feeders having finished most of the nuts in the troughs!
The Herdwicks are a flock on their own, and they always enjoy the sight of a feed bag over Farmer's shoulder. Because they live on the in-bye fields they are fed most of the winter.
Thursday, 8 October 2020
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Spider near the dog kennels
We had a meeting with some advisors working on a new pilot scheme for delivering biodiversity within a sound farming system. It was lovely out on the Point, and we saw Carline thistle flowering and even a bit of Wood bitter vetch.
The Bog asphodel looks amazing in it's orange incarnation. So much of it this year.
Sadly we also came across a Meadowpipit having been predated on by a bird of prey.
We had a shipping container delivered which is going to help with the storage of additional bedding between uses.
Jamie's cows and calves are happy. Plenty of grass.
I love how different the landscape looks when the field is cut.
Farmer and I went to Crackaig and down the zigzag path late one afternoon. He wanted to check the ewes out there. During the last 2 lambings he has been collecting plastics off the shore and has filled several dumpy bags. 2 of them he was able to get home, but there is one bag down below Crackaig which is too far for him to carry, nowhere near access by quad bike. He was worried that the bag would biodegrade in the sunlight and the contents would be scattered again. To buy a bit more time, whilst I flew my drone he managed to persuade the older dumpy bag into a newer one, so the contents are secure for a little while longer. It would also need a helicopter to pick it up. Other ideas on a postcard please.
Usually at this time of year we start thinking about buying new tups, and on the 27th we headed over to Glengorm to choose one of their Blackface shearlings. We also picked up a Suffolk from Lettermore on the way back.
We have several different groups at tupping time this year: Cheviots to Suffolk, Blackface to Blackface, Blackface to Cheviot, Herdwick to Herdwick, Herdwick to Cheviot, and Cheviot to Cheviot.