We were delighted to see a lovely article about our yarn in this month’s “Home Farmer” magazine. The lamb with the sore lip is almost back to normal and, thankfully, none of the others seem to be showing signs of any lumps or sores.
Dan’s got the two 2016 yarns on the website and we’re working on yarn kits for the next Forfar Farmers’ Market on 12th November. Looks like we might have a lamb with orf. Orf is a viral infection that causes scabs usually around the mouth, which is what she has. We’re treating it with oxytet […]
Winter, our white fleeced ewe lamb, and Teddy, our wether, had a day out to Angus Farmers’ Market in Forfar on Saturday, where we had yarn for sale. We sold a few balls and there was lots of interest in both the sheep and the yarn. We were planning to go back next month but […]
Sadly, we had to have Wallace put to sleep this week. He relapsed into lameness and, frankly, his spark had gone. It was very peaceful, on a lovely summer day, under his favourite tree. We also said “goodbye” to our twelve breeding ewes and gimmers – that was rather less final as they went off […]
Wallace is still lame. He’s now on a 14 day course of antibiotics. Keeping everything crossed for him. We brought the four gimmers and the wether, Teddy, home from our some of our seasonal grazing yesterday. That’s all our sheep home now, probably until we wean the lambs at the beginning of August. We had […]
Wallace’s tail finally fell off this week. Winter’s fell off weeks ago and I was starting to worry that Wallace was always going to have a stringy end to his tail. But during a feed, the violent wagging of his tail – he’s a very enthusiastic if not very efficient feeder – dislodged the end […]
It’s an unavoidable fact of keeping most breeds of sheep that you have to have them shorn every year (or shear them yourself, although that’s not something we’ll ever be doing!). The output of shearing is, of course, fleece. And Ryelands are *very* fleecy. In previous years we’ve sometimes struggled to ‘dispose’ of the fleeces. […]