As summer approaches, it was time for our flock to get their summer trim! Heavy fleeces can cause health problems in warm weather as well as hide flystrike. Shearer Derek Knowles came to shear the flock. He set up his electric shearing station in the Princes Trust building and the day was filled with the buzz of the clippers as the wool came rolling off.

The fleeces of our sheep breeds weight between 2-4.5kg, so the sheep will definitely be feeling lighter and brighter after having a trim. Their fleeces will go on to be spun into yarn and turned into all sorts of garments. Wool fibres are characterised by two metrics, their Bradford count (which is a measure of how fine the wool is) and their stable length (the length of the individual fibres). The finest wool of our flock is that of the Oxford Down with a Bradford count of 54.56. While the Whitefaced Woodlands have the longest staple length at about 15cm. Oxfords also have the heaviest fleeces, measuring up to 4.5kg for our rams.

If you would like to put together a team to make a Go-Cart on father’s day, we’ll be providing all the materials and everything is free! 20 teams are involved and will spend the first half of the day building the vehicles, and the second half of the day competing in heats to try and become the Go-Cart Grand Prix champion. If you would like to be involved spaces are very limited so book soon. For bookings email

Thank you to all who joined us early this morning for a dawn chorus walk around the farm and to John Archer who led our walk. Birds were singing at full strength in the morning sunshine, which was shining brightly already by 5:30am. Wrens and robins were certainly among the most prevalent and conspicuous singers, but we also heard great tits, blue tits, black caps, monk parakeets, mistle thrushes, greenfinches, dunnocks, chiffchaffs and more. We even spotted a greater spotted woodpecker and grey heron flying overhead. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day!

For those who couldn’t join us, you can get a glimpse of the sights and sounds of this morning in the brief clips below and the gallery on the next page.

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