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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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Wood, wood and more wood

Our heating runs mainly on wood.  We do have an oil boiler as backup, but we prefer to use the wood burner which also acts as a central heating boiler.  However, it has taken me a couple of years to work out how much wood we need and more importantly, when to have it cut…
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New Sheep Handling Area

Shearing time is nearly upon us.  Last year, we were slightly embarrassed at not being as ready as we thought.  In previous years, the shearer had turned up with some shears and we had found ourselves trying to root out a large piece of sheet wood for them to shear on.  We thought we were…
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Ymogen – a lamb with a broken jaw

Last Friday morning, Nicole noticed that Ymogen, one of last years lambs, had a problem with her jaw. The lower palette seemed to be all askew. We called out the vet and she confirmed it was a bad break. When an animal is in mortal peril, vets kind of have this look on their face,…
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George and Ursi – A Dog and Sheep love affair

Every now and then, a story pops up somewhere about dogs and sheep. It's pretty much always bad news, sheep have been killed by someone's pet dog. In fact, the biggest threat to sheep is the domestic dog. It happens round here sometimes too. To be honest, one of the reasons I gave up working…
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Weather and Frogs

Well, what can I say - February had some unusually warm weather with bright, warm sunny days. It was lovely, even if it was a sign of underlying climate change. We took full advantage including getting in some early seed sowing. We now have brassicas and turnips germinating in the greenhouse. This is helped by…
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February on the farm

It has been a much better winter, so far, than last year.Our neighbour did remind me that we had not had the beast from the east by this time last year, but we had had plenty of snow.  This year, in contrast, it has almost been spring like on occasions. For us, this means we…
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Winter weather arrives

Compared to last year, this winter has been a lot easier. And much of that is down to the weather. This time last year we were up to our knees in snow. And when it wasn't freezing or snowing, we were up to our knees in mud. This winter has been almost balmy by comparison.…
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