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Wed - Sat - 10am till 3pm
Sun - 10am till 11.30am
Pork butchery - 27th September
Pie making - 4th October
Sausage making - 25th October
Gammon curing - 22nd November
Pie making - 6th December
Three bird roast - 13th December
Heading into summer!
After a difficult lambing season we were pleased to see our ewes rearing a flock of healthy lambs, 311 lambs in total. We have a further 40 bottle fed lambs grazing the paddock at the farm. These were born as triplets or quads and have been hand reared by us. The bottle fed lambs are still drinking formula milk but as they start to graze we will gradually reduce the amount of formula milk until they are fully weaned.
By mid May our ewes had finished lambing and we were able to turn our attention to the land work. Fertiliser and lime were spread, to improve the soil nutrients and balance the pH, and forage crops: kale, forage rape and turnips, were sown to feed our livestock this winter. Our silage grass is growing well and we are looking at cutting our first silage crop in the coming weeks, again this will feed our livestock through the winter. June is also shearing season and we shall be looking at shearing all 180 ewes before their fleeces become too heavy and matted. Heavy fleeces are hot and difficult to manoeuvre, sheep can often become stranded on their backs unable to turn over. Thick fleeces also attract dirt, which in turn can attract flies and maggots. We spray our sheep against flies but shearing also helps deter infestations.
Over recent weeks climate change has been making the headlines and the topic often crops up in conversation with guests and shop customers. Livestock farming, especially cattle, has received it’s fair share of blame, I know a cow can destroy a dry stone wall but I’m not sure about the planet, so I did a bit of research. Farming, like all industry, has an impact on our climate, but to what extent seems depends on the point of view of the author. As far as I can tell a general consensus is that a cow produces a huge amount of greenhouse gasses, much more than sheep kilo for kilo, but the pasture which the cow grazes also absorbs a huge amount of greenhouse gasses. Cattle on our farm are reared extensively. The area of pasture they graze absorbs more greenhouse gasses than what the cattle produce, in my opinion a sustainable way of farming.