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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 6:15 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Always a relief, we're on yearly now too.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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So I am just saying catagorically now NO MORE ORPHAN LAMBS.  OK?  no matter what.  last time the season started like this I ended up with 16 of the buggers - I think we have "soft touch" in neon lights above our heads.


well, no more orphan lambs.....just an orphan kid added to them
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like our july pigs are well on the way our sow is now 6 weeks down the line. busy getting ready for the first show next week. also planning the next mating in 3 weeks time just got to double check it fits in with the rest of the season. so that's the july and September classes for 2014 planned out.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

second mating sorted last night fingers crossed (he has never failed us).

the Stafford show team is looking good. just hoping the Januarys play along with us (it will be their first outing).

today we will start packing the top deck of trailer. Monday we will sort out the van and Tuesday we will hit the road.

all we have to do is bath 7 pigs and keep them cleanish, then 1 more bath before they go in the ring.

then back for 2 days before I help a friend show her sheep then 2 days after that we head for the south of England so a busy 2 weeks ahead of us.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huge single ewe lamb born to one of our hoggets late yesterday afternoon but reject by first time mum.  She will feed her if we hold her still otherwise doesn't want to know so lamb isbeing reared on ewe milk most of the time but with a top up of Amber (one of our goats) milk to help her along.  If she gets through it she will be a keeper as she is beautiful and 3/4s exmoor horn - jut hope lack of mothering skills is not hereditory.  Not sure whether to let hogget have another lamb for next season or whether to put her in the freezer - any thoughts?  Slipster this is one of the ewe lambs that you liked the look of when you visited us year before last
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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jut hope lack of mothering skills is not hereditory.    Slipster this is one of the ewe lambs that you liked the look of when you visited us year before last



It generally is Debbie....ALTHOUGH.....we have had one Lleyn reject her lambs and we'd decided she would go this year   .......Slipster changed his mind she  stayed ...and she's made a cracking mum this time....can't always tell with them.....
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On Sunday Dianne and I are collecting a 20 month old Lleyn Tup. I have 5 of this years pure lleyn Lambs that weigh around 45kg and im contemplating putting the new tup over them and have 5 lamb late in the year?



This wasn't his best idea.........the girls have all lambed .....outside.....unassisted......not all lambs survived......one had twins  one of which is the teeny tiniest ewe lamb ever......and the other surviving lamb is also a wee girlie.....both of these mothers took really well........although we're having to keep a vigilant watch as we had TWO......yes two.....b****y fox sneaking into the field early thursday morning.......he missed the first shot   .....which scared the other out of the hedgerow and off......and I don't want them having lamb for breakfast
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot to say.......we have once again....bare naked ladies in the field  and all its done is rain....

Oh....and the miggies are looking pretty good to go soon
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LadySlip wrote:
debbie wrote:
jut hope lack of mothering skills is not hereditory.    Slipster this is one of the ewe lambs that you liked the look of when you visited us year before last



It generally is Debbie....ALTHOUGH.....we have had one Lleyn reject her lambs and we'd decided she would go this year   .......Slipster changed his mind she  stayed ...and she's made a cracking mum this time....can't always tell with them.....


Thanks Dianne.  Think we will be sending hoggete off end of summer although exmoor mules don't makethe best eating but will keep her lamb and see how she goes - normally keep some back for hogget/mutton anyway so if she's not a good mum when the time comes she can go then.  Other hogget  has also had a nice little ewe lamb and after a shaky start is making an excellent mum.

Not able to shear yet as it hasn't stopped raining for long enough!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive been red miting today...and im now off for shower....
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm guessing everyone is busy at the moment, I know I am. Anyway, managed to spray a fair few acres the last week or so, sort some cattle, catch an escaped bull, plant some veg, mend the landy and car and tractor. A mates just won breed champion at Derbyshire show. And now I'm getting ready to start again tomorrow  
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

having had a mad busy june showing at 3 county shows we have had 9 whole days to recharge our batteries and rest the pigs in readiness for the great Yorkshire. 6 am in the morning we will be heading north hoping we can avoid the heat that has been forecast.

had a lovely day yesterday with friends showing their sheep. pub lunch and a evening stockmans bbq.

whilst away our sow is left in the capable hands of my mother fingers crossed we will come back to our latest litter of lops (next years july show pigs ready for our inspection on our return)
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully it will be good weather for the show
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We just took 5 calves weaned of mums away to grass and now sorting out steers and some cows to go on OE   to get numbers down as the bad weather usually starts soon for about 2 months cold n wet.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The guy who won Derby with his highlander is there at great Yorkshire, Headland fold, if you see him or his missis tell em Ged's got 4 of their sheep in the freezer by now  


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