Our search for a new ram is over. Meet Allt y Brain Leroy (not our choice of name!) who arrived at the farm last weekend from a beautiful farm deep in the Breconshire Countryside.
He is in quarantine for a couple of weeks, as any new stock has to be, but he is less than pleased about being in a field on his own when there are a hundred ewes waiting not far away!
Choosing a time for lambing is always difficult for us. Our lambs are born outside and so we like to wait until the worst of the weather is over and the mornings are not quite so dark before starting. At the same time, we want lambing to be over by early to mid May to make sure that the ewes get the best of the spring grass to make milk.
Generally, we follow the old adage that “Bonfire night makes April Fools”, which means that if we put the ram in with the ewes around the 5th of November, lambing will start on April 1st. This also ties nicely in with the Easter holidays, so we can coerce the children into helping! This year, as Easter is a bit later, we are aiming for the week after bonfire night, to begin lambing around the 7th April.
Sadly for Leroy, that means another two weeks of waiting……………..