You may have noticed our sheep looking a bit bare. It’s been a week of shearing! Over the past week we’ve shorn our entire flock (except for this year’s lambs). That’s a total of 48 sheep and 2 alpacas that needed their summer shear! Lots of work to do! Some of you may have been lucky enough to catch Derek in action or caught our tweets live from the shearing barn. As happens so often in farming, what started off like quite a simple job ended up taking two days after a slight hitch involving the batteries powering the shears! But it worked out brilliantly as Monday turned out to be a drier and altogether better day for shearing than the wet and windy weather we had on Friday! More photos of our sheep and alpacas being sheared on the next page! Continue reading
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 email@example.com or send us a message via twitter to @mudchute.
As the weather warms, there is no end to the jobs around the farm. You may have noticed flies buzzing about and those flies in combination with our recent hot and humid weather can spell trouble for woolly sheep. Fly strike or myiasis occurs when adult flies lay their eggs on the sheep. Within a matter of hours, the eggs hatch into maggots which immediately start doing damage to the host. If left untreated, the maggots will burrow under the skin, leading to infection as well as obvious discomfort and damage (they are in fact eating the poor host!) and in some cases the condition can be fatal.
To protect our sheep, the team have been taking a number preventative measures, including “dagging”, removing soiled wool on the tail and back ends of the sheep, as well as spraying the sheep with a protective medication (shown above). So if you see our sheep wandering the fields with blue stripes, don’t worry, it’s just to help keep the flies off!