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With temperatures rising, this Thursday was the day to fire up the clippers and give our flock their annual trim! Derek the shearer had quite a long list of customers, with our flock of sheep as our two alpacas and three lovely llamas. However, everyone is looking neat and tidy following shearing and they will certainly be feeling much cooler. Shearing has also produced lots of lovely wool and fibre. If you might be interested in any of our fleeces or fibre, please get in touch by email to farm_office@mudchute.org, come along to our monthly wool crafting group this Saturday (June 27th) and see our website.

The girls wait their turn.

The girls wait their turn.

Little lambs aren't the best at waiting for mum's turn!

Little lambs aren’t the best at waiting for mum’s turn!

First up were our sheep, like this Whitefaced Woodland ewe.

First up were our sheep, like this Whitefaced Woodland ewe.

Trim all done, it's out to graze!

Trim all done, it’s out to graze!

Our Jacob sheep who have lovely marking even under their fleeces.

Our Jacob sheep who have lovely marking even under their fleeces.

Jacob ewe looking very smart and tidy!

Jacob ewe looking very smart and tidy!

Bertie the Oxford Down ram, one of our largest sheep!

Bertie the Oxford Down ram, one of our largest sheep!

Despite this being his first shear, he was quite relaxed on the shearing boards.

Despite this being his first shear, he was quite relaxed on the shearing boards.

Bertie, half shorn.

Bertie, half shorn.

Our alpacas, Claude and Columbus looking fluffy before shearing.

Our alpacas, Claude and Columbus looking fluffy before shearing.

Shearing alpacas is a bit trickier than sheep, but they didn't phase shearer Derek. Lookin elegant post-trim.

Shearing alpacas is a bit trickier than sheep, but they didn’t phase shearer Derek. Looking elegant post-trim.

The indignity!

The indignity!

We also sheared our three llamas this year.

We also sheared our three llamas this year.

Halfway there.

Halfway there.

Don't forget the tail!

Don’t forget the tail!

Much tidier and ready for the predicted hot weather!

Much tidier and ready for the predicted hot weather!

They must be feeling much cooler!

They must be feeling much cooler!

Llamas heading back out to their field, summer ready.

Llamas heading back out to their field, summer ready.

Happy shorn sheep, definitely feels like summer now!

A field full of happily grazing freshly shorn sheep, definitely feels like summer now!


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Back in May, you may have noticed a few small signs up around the farm and vehicles up on our big field. We couldn’t say much then, but we can now reveal that the production team and visiting dogs were here to film Dogs: Their Secret Lives. Episodes began airing last week and continue this evening and next Thursday on Channel 4.

Here at Mudchute, we welcome dogs on site and in our cafe and are always happy to promote responsible dog ownership. The filming brought canine behaviour specialist Tamsin Durston on site to help a few dogs and their owners with some training issues such as jumping up, recall and giving up toys.

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During the filming, we had some rather stormy weather, but the dramatic skies made for some lovely shots. Here are some photos from behind the scenes at the shoot. Thanks to the Arrow Media team for letting us tag along and choosing the farm as a filming location! For more information about filming at Mudchute, visit The Film Office.