Lambing (main flock) was due to start on 15/3 but maybe the good weather brought everything forward as we were a good 10 days early. Piglets too – 8 little Glamrockers arrived on 8/3!
Following on the same theme our ewe lambs started lambing early, we’ve had another 15 piglets and not wanting be left out the cows have gone mad (!) and produced 10 calves in the last 10 days – great to see Horace (the new bull) is in good working order. The main flock have all but finished with just 8 still hanging on in there and around 400 lambs are now turned out and enjoying the sunshine.
Granddad has planted the spring barley which should hopefully go for malting, the wheat is coming on nicely and we’ll be planting linseed in the next week or so.
Work on the old shop is coming on well and we hope to have “The Shearing Shed” ready for guests over Easter (or just after). It will be a self catering unit to sleep 2 people with fitted kitchen, king size bed, reclining sofa and cosy woodburner, perfect for friends and family who might be visiting the area…
We did have a bit of good news this week – we have been shortlisted in the Western Daily Press Food and Farming Awards “Best Farmer” category along with Simon Weaver and Applevale ltd. The judge came around on Tuesday, I guess we’ll just have to wait til the awards ceremony on 9th May to see how we do – at any rate it’s a good excuse for a night out, we haven’t had one of those for a while!