Author Archives: simon thompson

June 2019

Spring 2019 – June   With lambing now behind us we are able to objectively look at how the winter and early spring have impacted the flock. Not surprisingly 6 months of generally mild and dry weather resulted in ewes in perhaps too good condition, but for us this did not result in particularly large

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August 2018

August 2018   We continue to look with increasing anxiety at the weather maps like everyone else, but increasingly hopeful that the worst of the drought is behind us. We are on heavy land, so we are not completely barren. All the fields were either topped or cut for haylage or hay by early July.

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June 2018

    We were thankful that shearing was completed prior to the onset of this hot weather. Another year and again only one ewe with any sign of fly strike. Hopefully enough good haylage has been made earlier this month and (slowly) some regrowth is now coming through. Lets hope for a “normal” winter, although

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March 2018

The last week was a little brutal for everyone. We are still a few weeks off lambing, so like everyone else, hope that it will start to warm up before too long. A long cold spring means limited grass and an almost certain uptick in mastitis. Over the years mastitis post lambing seems to be

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July 2017

At last some rain. Still lots of grass, but this rain should certainly freshen things up, (and the worms). Spring stitching of grass in some of the fields and the broadcast of additional clover I fear will have been partly wasted due to the lack of rain in May and June (and most of July).

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