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The lamb

Born yesterday, this lamb was taking advantage this morning of sun spilling into the lambing shed. Despite the sun the air temperature is still cold so he will be in the shed for at least another 24 hours.

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A word about chickens, and geese

In my blogs about this year’s calves, lambs and pigs, I forgot to mention the new chickens which have been laying their first eggs in the last few days. As you can see they are a rather smart combination of … Continue reading

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New calf

We had two new calves today, one at the start of the day and one at the end. This photograph was taken this morning, about an hour after he was born. As you can see he is already up and … Continue reading

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Waiting and Resting

Lambing involves a lot of waiting around, both for the expectant mothers and for us; long periods of waiting interrupted by unplanned bouts of frantic activity. Today was a waiting day, and because it was also a day the weather … Continue reading

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A week at Croick

It has been a great week at Croick, blessed with a nice run of late season weather which have involved the most extraordinarily colourful sunrises. Almost every morning has brought colours which if painted would be dismissed as fancifully over-wrought. … Continue reading

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Species-rich grassland

One of last year’s projects at Croick was to take an area of some six hectares of improved grassland and revert it to what is called ‘species rich grassland’; what you might think of as a traditional hay meadow. This … Continue reading

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Feeding time

Apologies for the long delay since my last entry on the blog. Hopefully, we are now back in action for the summer. The good news is that the weather has been warm and mild for the past few weeks, and … Continue reading

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Who’s protecting the lambs?

I am entirely supportive of using the law to protect wildlife from persecution. And I fully recognise that nature truly is “red in tooth and claw”. But whether we like it not we live in an environment which is managed … Continue reading

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Freedom!

I let the pigs out of their pen this morning. They had escaped twice and returned both times so it seems that it is time to make it official and to help that food and warm bed will be enough … Continue reading

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Massed lambs

We are well on with the lambing now. Overall we have been fortunate with the weather with only a few bad days with the casualties which inevitably follow. The lambs look fit and well and we have our fingers crossed … Continue reading

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