May Update

Finally lambing is over – our last ewe gave birth to a single lamb (#412) on Sunday. They have all been taken out to the fields now, we just have a few orphans left at the farm.  The new lambing caravan was a welcome addition – it was definitely a room with a view as we could keep an eye on the flock from the comfort of a home-made pallet chair.  We just need to clean it out now and we can go for a mini break!

The linseed has been planted and has already come up in row (~10 days later) thanks to the warm weather, and we have also planted a wildflower mix in Lady Ann (field!). The cattle have been turned out for a couple of weeks now that the grass is growing and have produced 8 calves since our last message, unfortunately these will be some of the last progeny of our good old Hereford bull, Harry, who we lost at the end of April.  We picked up a young bull from the same blood lines as Harry today, his proper name is “Eldersfield Orestes” but we’ll call him Horace.  Simon mentioned to the farm manager that we were looking for some extra pigs and to cut a long story short…

Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare established  “Farms For City Children” in 1974 and now run 3 farms including Wick Court in Gloucestershire. The main objectives include:

  • Understanding farming, the countryside and food production.
  • Social and emotional development through teamwork.
  • Immersion and total involvement through a whole seven-day stay a ‘world away’.
  • Learning about healthy eating.
  • Using practical, hands-on learning outside the classroom to enhancing the requirements of the national curriculum.
  • Drawing on the farm experience and the charity’s literary heritage to promote literacy and storytelling.

We ended up buying some Tamworth and Old Spot X Tamworth porkers (the first Tamworth pork will be available this week).  We have also bought 3 Berkshires from Blockley (Carol and David Webb’s herd), they will be ready in ~6 weeks.  Our new Old Spots are just about to go to the boar so we hope to have some new Glamrock piglets in the autumn.

We’re just starting to plan for Open Farm Sunday – 5th June, 11am-3pm.  This year Moreton Show and Moreton Young Farmers have kindly offered to help so I’m sure it will all run smoothly.  We are planning a small preview this weekend and will be opening up the short farm walk on Saturday 14th (during shop opening times) so come along if you’d like to see the lambs and meet Horace! Teas/coffees/cakes available in the farm shop.

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