Recent Posts by Adrian Doyle

Cows Return to Auchenstroan

This year, the grass has gone mad.  I have never seen it so long and lush.  To say the sheep can't keep up would be an understatement.  In fact, of late, the have only really grazed two of the five fields they have access to.  Sheep prefer to nibble at short grass, so much of…
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Veggies Version 2

I wrote a few weeks back about the problems we were having getting our veggies going this year (problems with veggies).  First, the birds dug them up and then, the slugs emerged and scoffed the lot.  We ended up with around about 3 kale, 2 turnips, 4 spinach, 3 beetroots, one half-eaten broccoli and some…
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Haribo Wins Top Dog Award

Haribo came to live with us a few years ago.  He came to us unwanted by his previous owner and with a list of issues over two pages long.  Most of those issues disappeared fairly quickly, but one endured.  Haribo was very scared of dogs he didn't know and this led to a fear aggression…
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Wool Glorious Wool

It's shearing season here and sheep all over are having their wool sheared.  Given that it's been quite hot for a couple of days, our sheep are quite happy not to be sporting their woolly coats right now.  Shearing is also important for health, hot weather means more flies and blowflies, in particular, can be…
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Summer at Auchenstroan

Well, summer has finally arrived at Auchenstroan.  I think it's going to last for at least two days, so we are trying to make the most of it.  We are supposed to be taking a break this week, but there's always stuff to be done.  A couple of sheep have suffered from midgie bites around…
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Sheep raise concerns over smell

We have a field shelter complex in one of our small fields.  Our sheep really like the shelter and they head there when it's raining (for shelter) or sunny (for shade).  They also head there when they're a bit stressed, for example when it's midgie weather.  Last year, we added slabs all the way round…
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Swollen Hen

We've had our fair share of animal medical problems this year and while most are now sorted, one of our hens, Bim, has rather a persistent problem.  It's a large swelling in the lower abdomen and looks pretty red and uncomfortable.  It's a condition called Egg Yolk Peritonitis, a common condition in hens of all…
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Shearing Day

Sheep have to be sheared once a year, it's vital for their wellbeing.  Here, in SW Scotland, we shear mainly in June.  While Nicole and I have both done the shearing course, we contract out our shearing to professional shearers.  It's a really hard job and the top shearers shear a sheep in just a…
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Problems with Veggies

Last year, extended our veggie patch to give us plenty of room to grow our favourite vegetables.  This year, we had the greenhouse ready and also, over the winter I had laid power to it and installed a heater.  This was more a frost guard than anything, but it kept the greenhouse a bit warmer…
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Stone Dykes

I think I have mentioned before that we have quite a lot of stone dykes here and in areas, they are bit run down.  With all the other jobs (firewood, sheep handling area, veggies etc), there hasn't been much time to do any repairs.  However, over the winter I was actually paid to fix someone's…
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