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Shearing FAQs

20th June 2018

Why do you shear the sheep in the first place? The main reason we shear all of our sheep is down to maggots. Yes, you heard right, I said, maggots. Horrible little things, flies lay eggs in the fleeces in hot/humid weather and hatch out maggots that in turn nibble at the ewes skin – they can be very nasty and the best way to prevent this from happening is to shear the fleeces so that the flies can’t lay…

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February 2018 on the farm… 

3rd March 2018

For us, February is always a bit of a struggle. It’s too cold for the grass to grow, my hands are like blocks of ice and my lips are positively falling off as they are so dry. Let me talk you through my clothing situation most days at the moment. There’s the sports bra, then a ‘technical thermal top’ (you know one where it has holes to put your thumbs through), then there is another long sleeved top and then…

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January 2018 on the farm…

3rd February 2018

January…a month that instills fear into even the most positive of people. It’s always a tough one isn’t it, the post Christmas slump where you’ve over indulged and feel you need to change every aspect of your life to try to be a better person as the new year begins(!). Farming wise, for us, January is always a bit of a tricky one. Grass is scarce and its usually pretty wet, and my god this January has it rained! We’ve…

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My online Agricultural College…

28th January 2018

Oh Hi! It’s my first blog in a little while…first of 2018 in fact – better make it good…no pressure then! So I’m going to be a bit serious in this one. I want to talk a bit about the internet today – and how ruddy lucky we all are that in order to find out things, we don’t have to go and root around in a dusty old encyclopedia or load up a CDROM of Encarter 96′ we simply…

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Our first year Lambing at Cocking Hill Farm

14th May 2017

Wow, where to begin. On the 1st of April we had our first lambs. A triplet (they always tend to drop earlier than the twins or the singles!), we weren’t actually expecting any until the 6th/7th but as we moved them into their lambing paddocks, they had fresh grass and the sun was shining and I think they just thought, yup – I’m ready to have my babies now. And they did, we had the triplet go on the 1st…

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February on the farm

21st February 2017

Twins? single? triplets? (…..quads?) scanning the ewes, first year at Cocking Hill! We’ve been very busy this February. Grass is scarce and typically always a hard month for farming. There is some positive news though…we’ve scanned our ewes, and it went really well! We scanned at an average of 183% (…the boys did their job!), with a great twinning rate and hardly any triplets of quads. For us, as we lamb everything outdoors, it is crucial that we don’t have…

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January on the farm…

1st January 2017

First things first; It has been FREEZING on the farm. Like, the kind of freezing where I have worried that my fingers may actually drop off! All sense of pride within the fashion stakes have gone out of the window and every morning Andy laughs and asks me ‘Come on then, how many layers have you got on today then?!’ ‘Six…usually the answer is six’. Traditionally January would be a quieter time for most sheep farmers in the UK (if…

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