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Lambing / Fencing / Pressed Flowers / Cheddar

Monday 16 April, 2018

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Monday 9th April

Mild and cloudy, after early morning sun. Turned out No. 5, No. 6 and Winter with their lambs. Still a bit bothered about Winter’s boy, but if he struggles, we’ll bring them back in.

Turning out lambsTurning out the lambs.

Spent most of the day doing paperwork and the year-ends. Be glad to get them finished. Ran off entry forms for the forthcoming poultry sale and horse / tack sale at Forfar – planning a clear out!

Lambing / Steamed Pud / Fencing / Pig Prep

Monday 9 April, 2018

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Monday 2nd April

Dry and sunny start, but getting colder and windier, with a stiff east wind. Sleety showers by evening feeds.

Came out this morning to a surprise – No. 8 had lambed in the field. Not sure what had happened – she had one black lamb with her and there was a white lamb about 3m behind her, not licked and very cold.

She’s a first-timer and I guess she had the black one, had the white one and the black one’s wandered off and she’s followed him.

Lambing starts / Fencing / Dishcloths and cards

Monday 2 April, 2018

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Monday 26th March

Another lovely spring day, but it’s not forecast to last so housed the three ewes due 1st / 2nd April, and Winter, because she’s very calm and will settle the other three who are less well handled.

Popped to Forfar for more licks – bloody sheep are inhaling them – and some shopping for us.

Dan worked in the orchard for a wee while then helped me bath Annie with the pressure washer. She was absolutely fine and we got a lot of muck off her. We tried the washer on me first, to make sure it wouldn’t hurt her.

Lambing prep / Fruit & veg gardens / Spring cleaning

Monday 26 March, 2018

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Monday 19th March

Spring’s back – although nor sure for how long, but we’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

Bug has been breaching the electric fence, so that was a top job today. I think I’ve beaten him.

Turned out the two young steers at EP; they were very excited. I’ll feed them some sugar beet for a week or so, to get them used to coming to the call and car horn.

Our next door neighbours were in their veg garden today and kindly donated some blown Brussel sprouts to the sheep – they were gratefully received.

Heifers away / EYF! / Tom / Ponies

Monday 19 March, 2018

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Monday 12th March

Grey and overcast, but at least it’s dry. Did paperwork and caught up with emails.

Arranged a visit from our local EHO to discuss selling home baking – we’re due an inspection anyway.

Delighted to see Whyte, the limpy calf, now bouncing about!

Had a bit of a run-in with Urquhart, our tup. Now, he’s usually pretty amenable and he needs to be, because he weighs about 110kg. Today, he butted me when I went to put hay in. Then he did it again. And that was plain daft.

Thaw / Steers out / Hogget / Orchard

Monday 12 March, 2018

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Monday 5th March

Most of the snow has now gone; it’s been grey and rainy and miserable but at least the taps have unfrozen. After the thaw, the flooding.

Ditch at Macdonald Smith DriveCulvert our fields eventually drain into.

Feeling a bit sorry for the sheep; the four single bearing ewes, the tup and the wether are in the pig pen. It’s pretty wet and there’s no grass – but they have the hay rack and a licky bucket.

Beast from the east

Monday 5 March, 2018

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Monday 26th February

Wee bit of snow on the roofs this morning but none on the ground. Not looking forward to “the Beast from the East”. We’re usually at the tail end of any weather fronts but looks like we’ll be in the frontline of this one.

Linda tidied up where the wood’s been cut – all looking very neat!

Tagged Missy this morning; she was tagged as a calf of course,  but managed to lose both tags, which is quite an achievement.

Willow / Sheep / Freezers / Icing / Rugby

Monday 26 February, 2018

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Monday 19th February

Grey and damp, but much warmer. Not as much rain as forecast.

Took three barren ewes to the abattoir then brought the remaining eleven plus the tup and wether home. Used the last movement license in the first book of licenses. The new owners of Astwood move in on Thursday.

Split the sheep into two groups – twins in one and the four singles, plus Urquhart and Ted in the other; filled the hay feeders as there’s no grass to speak of.

Heifers weaned / Conference / Willow bed / Sheep prep

Monday 19 February, 2018

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Monday 12th February

Glorious day – frosty, but sunny. Paperwork day – including final arrangements for the Smallholding Scotland Conference, which is on Friday, and my Powerpoint presentation for Longforgan W.I. on Wednesday.

Tom was out and about on his own - he's really coming on.

TomTom out and about.

Holiday / Piglets / Fencing / Edin Yarn Fest / Washing

Monday 12 February, 2018

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Monday 5th February

Put a new bale of hay in for the steers and gave them a fresh bed. Dosed them with Closamectin pour-on.

The two wee ones have some bare patches but they don’t look inflamed – the Closamectin should take care of any external parasites, if that’s the cause.

Friday 9th February

Phew, ever been on holiday and within an hour of being home, you feel like you’ve never been away?

Just home; been for two loads of hay and straw.

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