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by richard on April 29, 2012

If there's no grass we'll eat gorse!

Our first lambing season in  the South Shropshire Hills has been very successful, despite heavy snow that curtailed the release of the newly lambed ewes on to the fresh pasture they had craved all winter. They were returned to the sheepshed for a few days, but the ewes that were still to lamb (below) and the yearling ewes (left) stayed out.

Final lambing rate was 157% – about 10% down on usual. This morning (29th April) we had some sleety snow which was followed by heavy rain for most of the day. So far there is no sign that almost 30 years of breeding at 10m above sea level in our former home has lessened the resilience of our sheep!

 

We will be selling yearling ewes like those in the photo on the left at the sale of rare breeds at Shrewsbury livestock market on 30th June. For details of the sale see Hall’s website http://www.hallsestateagents.co.uk/auctions/livestock-auctions

Our ewes opt to stay out in the snow

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Priyanka May 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I do think about the butchering and how rough it will be. We’re still new. In fact, just taklnig about building the country place and planning for pens and animals. My thought was the same use a facility. Anyhow. Just wanted to say hi I happened here via my good friend Peggy at Hidden Haven. Awesome blog, and I’ll add myself to your follow list so I can come back often!

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