Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Checking the teeth

Getting ready for the big date!

Most of our rams are separated from their ewes for much of the year. They will only live together from late September to mid November, and this period is called ‘tupping’. This is when our rams have to work hard and ‘cover’ all of the ewes they are put to. Sheep have a gestation period of 5 months, so when February comes around and we open to the public again, we will be hoping for our first lambs.   Before this happens however, there is a lot of preparation for both parties. Each will be health checked and wormed with teeth, legs and feet given a good look over. It is important that they can get around and eat well...

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Recycle, repurpose & reuse

Upcycling is the process of changing old waste items into something much more useful. It’s free, it reduces waste and it’s fun! So far we have based all of our designs on old tyres or wooden pallets found around the farmyard. Our first success is the Bug Hotel in the Conservation Area. It was so simple to construct, stacking pallets of roughly the same size with just a few screws to hold them in place. We then took some old broken bricks and off-cuts of pipes from the farm to add interest. Next we filled them with natural materials like fallen leaves, bark and twigs- all of which bugs love to live around. The only new part of...

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