Sunday, 1 May 2011
But with a hint of anxiety as we check the weather forecast and still see no sign of rain! The grass is ok for now but soon it will begin to be a problem if we don't get rain. But its wonderful to be enjoying this amazing sunshine while it lasts and watching the lambs grow. Oxford farmers market on Thursday will be the first market with our new season lamb, so the last of the hogget (last years lamb) has finished and we are starting the cycle once more.
With the warm weather brings the threat of fly strike which I know I have talked about before. We have been through the whole flock now and treated them with a prevention spray which protects them for up to 16 weeks. It is always a relief to get this job done as there is nothing worse for the sheep if they are unlucky to get strike.
Our Easter lamb trade was really strong and we've had lovely feedback from our customers about how delicious the lamb was and it is a great feeling thinking of all the families sitting down for Easter lunch and enjoying our lamb.
Molly is doing really well, and is almost 4 months old now, she smiles and giggles (particularly at Roly as you can see in the photo) and seems very content coming out with us and checking all the sheep. It won't be long until she has her very own shepherds crook! Her big sisters Jessica and Arabelle are coming to see us this weekend, I think they will be amazed by how much Molly and the lambs have grown.
We were tempted to paint the sheep red, blue and white in honour of the happy couple and to prevent any rustling....we were very interested to read another farmer spraying his sheep orange to prevent them being stolen!
More soon, it won't be long until we'll be thinking about haymaking...
Camilla, Roly, Molly, Boris and Belle