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Lambing all done

That’s lambing all done for this year, 8 out of 11 ewes lambed giving us a total of 12 lambs. Not a commercial amount but enough to maintain the flock and keep the freezers full! 

They’re a fairly eclectic bunch, a nice mix of colours  – white, moorit, grey, fawn, black – and patterns – katmoget, bleset, kranset, blaget, krunet (for explanation of types see the following link: http://www.shetland-sheep.org.uk)

Here are some pictures of the lambs

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First lamb of the season

We have a new addition to the croft – the first lamb this year. Jane, one of our gimmers that we purchased last October from a neighbour, has given birth to a healthy white lamb.

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Thankfully she waited until a dry sunny day, albeit a bit chilly, before lambing. As it’s her first lamb we’ll keep a close eye on her but she seems to be a good attentive mother.

 

 

 

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Winter’s backĀ 

It’s the end of April but winter is not done with us yet. Day of wet snow which lay overnight, felt sorry for the sheep – not what they need with lambing just round the corner.  Brought the hog lambs back inside overnight and gave them all extra rations of concentrate. 

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Busy weekend on the croft

Still bitterly cold but sunny this weekend, ground outside is till too wet to work so most of the work is still being done in the polycrub.

Latest batch of seeds have been sown in modules in the polycrub. 

  • Courgettes –  yellow, black and ambassador 
  • Butternut squash – Waltham 
  • Runner beans – our own seed and moonlight F1
  • Yellow French beans – roquencourt 

Also lifted over wintered rocket as it had got very bitter. 

Applied nematodes to the polycrub to kill the slugs 

Made ventilation slots above the doors in the polycrub to allow for some cooling on days when the sun shines but it is cold outside, much like this weekend. 

Moved the 4 hog lambs from Road Park to North Park and unless it is truly appalling night of weather they will stay outside

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Busy December Day

Nice day for crofting – not raining, not blowing a gale and relatively warm for December. Took advantage of this and led the ewes up to the hill for tupping when the rams are ‘slipped’, which should be in the next couple of weeks. They seemed fairly happy to go, followed me all the way up and disappeared off up the hill when I opened the gate.

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Planted the garlic cloves on the rigs – all 150 of them which should be plenty for next year (planted 120 last year and have some spare). Lots of grass coming through on the planting bed though. It was rotovated in September following the tattie harvest, so might have to weed and hoe fairly intensively in spring.

Also re-arranged the sileage feeding area for the cows in the byre – it’s now slightly larger and off the ground, so there should be less wastage. Blossom has started eating carrots as well as tatties but Silvestre is still not tempted, he’s sticking to sileage and kale.