With summer under way, the weather is getting warmer (we hope!) and it’s time for our very woolly sheep and alpacas to have their fleeces off. Shearer Derek Knowles will be coming down to the farm next Friday, June 22nd with clippers in hand to give our woolly friends a summer trim.

So why not come on down to the farm next Friday to catch the shearing in action? We expect things to start around noon at the trust building (the gun site located between the field currently housing alpacas and the field currently housing our ewes with lambs and llamas). The shearing will likely continue throughout the afternoon and take place in various fields across the farm. It will be an exciting day and we look forward to a flock of very sharp looking, summer-ready sheep and alpacas!

We are also eager to speak with anyone interested in spinning and/or purchasing our rare breed sheep and alpaca fleeces. Please get in touch with farm manager Nick via email to farm@mudchute.org or send us a message via twitter to @mudchute.

You may have spotted an impressive and not entirely typical farm attraction at Mudchute. This is our beautifully restored Ack Ack gun! Did you know that the cement gun sites (currently home to some of our pigs and other farmyard animals) were actually sites for antiaircraft guns during WWII? To celebrate the restoration and history of the farm, the Mudchute Association is hosting two celebratory events and we hope you’ll be able to join us at one or both! Continue reading

This week Halley Williams and Kieran Brown from Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies have been helping us overhaul Pets Corner. The two third-year vet students have been improving the lives of our small mammals in pets corner by providing new enrichment and making improvements to their enclosures to encourage natural foraging behaviour. This will help keep them happy, healthy and mentally stimulated as well. See more photos and find out more about the changes on the next page!

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