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  • Joined Apr 2020
starting out
« on: April 01, 2020, 03:09:36 pm »
Hi everyone. I have approx 4 acres in the high pennines. Not much grows here! I have just been topping the grass 2-3 times a year for last 20 years but as I approach retirement wondered what I could do more usefully.


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: starting out
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2020, 09:48:06 pm »
Hi there!  :wave:  Not sure why we hadn't seen your post and said Hi before this, sorry 'bout that.  We are usually a pretty welcoming bunch! 

I used to be north of Hadrian's Wall myself, and loved driving southeast across the tops to Weardale and places.  So I can imagine the type of ground it is.

Down here we talk sheep/acre, up there it's acres/sheep ;) 

So one thing your 4 acres could do is be a bit of extra summer grazing for one of your neighbours.  A few ewes and lambs in summer, maybe.  And / or perhaps somewhere to keep a few tups in winter after they've finished their work.

But if you want your own livestock, then the simplest thing would be to buy a few weaned lambs off a neighbour each year and fatten them up.  Or even get into having a few orphan lambs and rearing them yourself, but it's always a good idea to learn a bit about keeping lambs by getting some weaned ones the first time.

Did you have any ideas yourself?  Anything you have had a hankering for?
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  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Somerset
Re: starting out
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2020, 09:00:09 pm »
Definitely weaned lambs for a couple of years before raising orphans. We were nearly retired when we started raising sheep. The four-hourly orphan feeds during the night were shattering. Something that is easy in your 20's and 30's is a whole lot harder in your late 50's........ :tired:


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