Tuesday, 9 May 2017

" Four Legs Good. Two Leg Bad." New Arrivals Down On The Smallholding.


We haven't had any livestock on the smallholding for a while.  Cattle prices are crazy at the moment. It's only a few days from the single farm payment application form-deadline.  So farmers are mad for cattle and sheep to make up their numbers before the 15th of May.  We decided to buy some sheep.  Five Suffolk cross ewes and six lambs to be precise.

Some photographs for the sheep.  You can see the bay (Bantry) in the background.








"I'm the king of the castle, bucket."
Makes you want to play "Sheep" by Pink Floyd doesn't it?

16 comments:

  1. One of my friends from long ago used to calculate the number of sheep he put into a field at 1 per every 20 square foot. How do you calculate it ?

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    1. Hi Heron. They ("who are they") reckon on 5 day sheep to the acre for all year round pasture. The grass is very long in the field we put them in and they should be there for over a month, may be more. Thanks!

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    2. 5 day sheep? Even 5 sheep to the acre - sorry!

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  2. Your grass is looking green and lush Dave. Here in West Suffolk we are desperate for rain. I'm not sure my grass for my small flock will see them through the summer unless the weather changes.

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    1. Thanks Phillip. We have had an unexceptionally dry month or so here in West Cork. I heard about on the English news the other night. Our weather breaks on Thursday with showers. Hopefully you will get rain soon. How many sheep have you in your flock Philip?

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    2. I think I need to go to Spec Savers. That should say... I heard about the drought on the English news.. Sorry!

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  3. They are going to have fun in those paddocks. So green. Lambs adorable.

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    1. Hi LA. Yes they are loving all the lush grass and they are full of devilment and mischief. Theirs mums seem happy too. Thanks!

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  4. Your sheep look lovely.

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    1. Thanks Rachel. They seem to get bigger each day.

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  5. lots of lovely grass, ours isnt growing its been so dry, we are having to supplement with hay

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    1. Hi Dawn. We made hay in that field last year and have had nothing in it since last year. Supposed to be showers here from Thursday. Thanks!

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  6. Hey Dave, if you wanted to see the inside of my home, go to this link and leave the email address you sign into your blog with. Hope to see you there.

    http://besolbe.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/do-you-want-to-see-my-house.html

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  7. Hi there Dave, hows it going? Are you in Portugal sunning yourself?

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    1. Hi Sol. No we never made it to Portugal. Please see next blog post. Thanks!

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  8. We haven't had any livestock on the smallholding for a while. Cattle prices are crazy at the moment. It's only a few days from the single farm ...
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