Ewe looking for love?

She’s had her nails done, and now she wants a man. Sorry, a ram. Yes, it’s finally time to take the plunge from animal husbandry to finding our animals a husband. I’m aware the move from just keeping and killing, to breeding animals is a big step (and you can read Tim Tyne’s excellent article […]

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Little Bo Peep has lost, and found, her sheep

It’s a phone call I never enjoy. “Hello Alex, it’s (insert proper farmer’s name here) .. do you own (insert small number and a species of farm animal here)? They seem to be in my field/on the road/heading west (delete as appropriate).” When the call came this morning, I leapt onto my bike and headed […]

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Who’s left on the farm?

One little piggy might be in the freezer but we still have these two, enjoying a break from the mud in the garage. The sheep are happy in their field, and getting used to a little bit of food in the morning as part of my taming procedure. Today I’m taking a fecal sample to […]

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Flood preparations

Since we signed up for flood alerts from the Environment Agency, we get updated when trouble is brewing. Today their communications have been getting increasinly panicky and their map showing the area of flooding has us firmly in the red. Sandbags have been deployed at the doors, and we have discovered just how much stuff lives […]

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Meet the sheep

Here are two of our four sheep. We got them on the same premise as the pigs, ie to fatten up over the summer, in the hope they would add some variety to our meat diet. Better than pigs they wouldn’t need feeding and would be a very economical source of deliciousness. The maths look good […]

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