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Finally, I found some time to make a new post on this Blog. We had a good lambing so far. Very fine lambs out of Rhaeadr Ring a Ding, Ortum Fortnum, Ortum Starlight Express, Sitlow Stavanger, Ewebank Eurostorm, Ortum Nadal, Specop Sumo and ‘good old’ Bentley Jabulani. We will have many lambs, shearlings and ewes for sale in the coming months.
Lambing season 2012 started at Christmas 2011. Approximately 145 ewes should lamb in the next comming weeks. They are getting ready as you can see! All the ewes are at our farm Mattemburgh.
First batch of lambs:
At Fearn Farm in north-east Scotland, the first mob of ewes has finished lambing and been turned out into bright spring weather – at least until recently.
But after a lull of 10 days or so, with time for a quick clear out and wash down of the sheds, the second bunch of arrivals has begun.
By harvest last year, more than 700 finished lambs had left Fearn for Woodhead Bros at Turriff, achieving carcass grades of U and R, and fat classes of 3L and 4H. Lambs were sold in batches every Tuesday, with payment following by bank transfer three days later.
On average, last year’s crop of finished lambs achieved £72.80 a head after deductions, contributing about £50,000 to farm income by early summer.
It is this aspect of regular income, before cereals and straw sales are realised, that is influencing John Scott’s thinking on extending his sheep enterprise to include a later-lambing, self-sufficient flock. Read More …