Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The sheep below have been busy grazing on the aqueduct at Whittledene to keep the grass down and removing competition before the wildflowers start to grow.

They have done a pretty good job as you can see below.

 With the spring arriving early this year it is now nearly time for them to move on to their summer grazing pastures and let all the species emerge and flower before they return in the autumn to repeat the process.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Some of the Highland cattle grazing the meadow at Hedley hall for the Woodland Trust. They have done quite a good job so far and will be there for another 3-4 weeks before they come off to let the meadow grow on and flower later in the summer.

It's all very well having quiet and docile animals but it is difficut to take a picture with a horn pushing into your armpits.........

Friday, 9 March 2012

The mild weather and earlier start to spring has allowed sheep sales to start sooner this year. 15 have gone away this week and there are plenty left so if anyone is interested please get in touch. We have held the price at £65 per half lamb. In my opinion between now and June is when they are at their very best.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

It's been a busy week this week with putting sheep out onto the wildflower meadows to give the grass one more graze off before the spring growth gets underway properly. By ensuring the grass is grazed down short at the start of the growing season it allows the less competitive plant species to grow and flower more effectively through the summer. The sheep will stay there for 2-3 weeks before moving onto other pastures for the summer.