Ram has arrived

Our Ram for the 14 ewes has arrived, let’s see how he gets on with them…. Hopefully we can expect a barn full of bouncing healthy lambs end of March/early April 2018

 

Ram 2017

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Hay making season

Due to the great weather, we were able to get our hay done in July. The grass was in the right condition and the hot sun dried it perfectly.

John with the baler

John with the baler

Our baler worked really well today, creating perfectly formed bales.

Small round bale

Small round bale

our hay field

our hay field

Now we still need to do the other field, this time we would prefer haylage, as we can store this outside and the sheep seem to prefer this to the hay.

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Lambing has started

After months of preparation, the lambing has finally started. It will now show, that all the work we did to prepare the ewes has paid off. From choosing the right ram to providing good grazing and supplement feeding and generally looking after them.

Lambing shed was ready and we brought them in a bit earlier, because the weather was going to be pretty bad with storms and lots of rain.

lambing shed 2017

We were rewarded with 7 out of the expected 16 lambs in the first 3 days and are half way through the lambing. Okay, we only have 10 ewes, but in previous years lambing went on for nearly 6 weeks with not a lot happening in between…

I stayed up all night on Thursday as I noticed Silvia was getting close and also Suzie showed signs of labour. Sure enough, Suzie gave us the first set of twins at 1am and Silvia followed at around 3am with another set of twins. Finally got to bed at 5 am to get up again at 6:30am to check on the lambs and the rest of the ewes.

Suzie with lambs 2017

 

Suzie with lambs 2017

Wonda was very kind and started lambing on Saturday at 7am, much more civilised. She gave us a little ewe lamb.

Wonda with lamb 2017

This morning, Ulla greeted us with her little ram lamb already standing and suckling, when we checked at 2am, nothing was showing.

Ulla with lamb 2017

And her sister Ute showed solidarity and started pushing and we had another little ram lamb.

Ute with lamb 2017

So far all went very well, no complications and problems. we have 5 more ewes to lamb, 4 of them look pretty much ready. Just have to continue to watch their progress very closely. 4 of the ewes carry twins and 1 carries a single. Once they are all born, it will be pretty busy in the shed.

 

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Latest Batch of Welsh Wool

This year I have blended my Llanwenog fleeces with some Black Welsh Mountain fleeces to create this stunning grey (50/50%). Below is the light grey yarn as a comparison, which is 25/75%.

bwm-llanwenog

Again, spun at Curlew Weavers near Newcastle Emlyn, a truly Welsh product.

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Pigs enjoying a wallow

As the weather was improving, the pigs needed a wallow go keep cool. They had already dug a nice size pond, all we needed to do is fill it up with water.

preparing a wallow for the pigs to cool down

preparing a wallow for the pigs to cool down

They certainly enjoyed it, all muddy afterwards…………

Muddy pigs

Muddy pigs

 

 

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What a beautiful evening

We enjoyed a beautiful sunny evening yesterday, Llanllwni Mountain was at its best. The view was just stunning. The warmer weather has made such a difference to the fields, the grass is now really catching up and the hay field behind us is growing so well. Some farmers have already taken their first cut of haylage.

Llanllwni Mountain in evening sun

Llanllwni Mountain in evening sun

 

We also have one little chick, now a week old. Shame the other eggs did not hatch, it is so nice to see a bunch of chicks running round.

week old chick

week old chick

 

 

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Spring has arrived – finally

After month and month of rain and storms, the sun finally has made a more permanent appearance. It is so nice to be outside, not having to fight the wind, worry about the animals in the soggy fields and just enjoy the views.

The lambs have now been moved to a new field, much more grass for them and a bit more space to run around in.

Moved ewes and lambs into new field

Moved ewes and lambs into new field

 

The top field still has the ‘older’ lambs in, but they need to get moved soon, so we can shut this field off to grow our hay. Because of the amount of rain and long cold spells, the grass is not growing as well as it should do. Hopefully after the current period of sunshine and promised higher temperatures, the grass should improve soon.

 

Araucana hen gone broody

Araucana hen gone broody

 

One of our hens has also gone broody again, we got her some fertilised eggs to incubate, so hopefully, all being well, they should hatch this weekend. She did very well last year and raised 4 chicks, currently she is still sitting on 5 eggs.

I miss her blue/green eggs from our egg boxes, all we get at the moment from the other hens are light and dark brown eggs.

 

 

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