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Farm shop opening times:
Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - 8am till 5:30pm
Thursday - 8am till 5:30pm
Friday - 8am till 5:30pm
Saturday - 9:30am till 3pm
Sunday - 10am till 11.30am
The breakfast room is open (booking essential)
8am to 10am Wednesday to Sunday,
Pie making - 20th April - fully booked
Pig butchery - 11th May
Sausage making - 19th October
Pie making - 9th November
Christmas Gammon - 23rd November
Three Bird Roast - 14th December
Sausage making - 25th January
Pie making - 8th February
Lambing in full swing!
This year we planned to start lambing on the 25th March, over the Easter holiday when help is plentiful, so were surprised when Gracie, our daughter’s pet sheep gave birth on the 14th March shortly followed by the rest of the flock. By March 25th we had 83 lambs, a high percentage of which had given birth to triplets and we even had quads. Ewes can usually rear twins well so when they give birth to 3 or more lambs we bottle feed to give mum a helping hand. On Good Friday we were bottle feeding 14 lambs and by Easter Monday this had doubled to 28. Gracie gave birth to a single male lamb, which our girls named Gracon. Gracie and Gracon are both doing really well and Gracie will show off her lamb to anyone who pays them attention.
Fortunately we were able to keep our ewes indoors during the snow storms, although shed space was tight and we spent a lot of time moving them around. Our bed and breakfast guests didn’t fare so well, taxis stopped running and we had to pick up stranded guests and tow their cars back to the farm. Like many events, our pie making course and Young Farm Apprentice day had to be postponed. Thank you to all those who were due to attend for their understanding.
Despite the poor weather our Easter open days went ahead and visitors flocked to see our lambs. Those who visited on Saturday were treated to two births. The Holme Valley Scout tea and cake stall was a success, raising well over £900 for those attending the World Scout Jamboree.
With a brighter forecast for the week ahead we are hoping to let our strongest lambs into the fields and return to a “normal” lambing season.