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Summer 2018

Summer at Home Farm Wensleydales and weaning our lambs

     

This year at Home Farm, despite the dreadful weather conditions that faced us from November until Easter, we had a tremendous lambing season.  We are delighted to have increased our slaughter free flock.

 

Lambing started at the beginning of March and ended mid April (with the arrival of a surprise lamb –  a result of an over-energetic ram who can clearly jump the high fences!!) and this is followed 4 months later with weaning.

I personally find the job of weaning our lambs very emotional.  This crucial time must be managed carefully to avoid stress to both the ewe and her lambs, although the lambs seem to find it more stressful than the ewes!  Minimising the stress and easing the process are very important factors on our farm both for the welfare of the animal and the quality of our wool.

Without our intervention, weaning would occur naturally at approximately 6 months of age.  We aim to wean at 18 - 20 weeks when the ewes milk has naturally decreased and there is less risk of her developing mastitis.

We take the ewes to a different area of the farm for a few days to allow her milk to dry up completely.  This only takes 3 or 4 days and the lambs are left in their familiar surroundings with all of the other lambs who have been with them since birth.



Once the ewes milk has dried up we return them to their groups and they are not separated again until winter when the lambs are fed a special diet to help them strong through these long colder months.

 

Keeping Longwool Wensleydale Sheep at Home Farm Wensleydales is an entirely different process to keeping sheep for meat.  There are many factors that will affect the quality of the wool that we produce and stress during weaning is one of the highest.  We cannot have any weakness in the staple or wool break in our premium fibre. 

 

When we have successfully weaned our ewes and lambs we can look forward to a healthy flock growing luxury fibre for our wool and fleece customers.

 

 

 

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Summer at Home Farm Wensleydales and weaning our lambs

     

This year at Home Farm, despite the dreadful weather conditions that faced us from November until Easter, we had a tremendous lambing season.  We are delighted to have increased our slaughter free flock.

 

Lambing started at the beginning of March and ended mid April (with the arrival of a surprise lamb –  a result of an over-energetic ram who can clearly jump the high fences!!) and this is followed 4 months later with weaning.

I personally find the job of weaning our lambs very emotional.  This crucial time must be managed carefully to avoid stress to both the ewe and her lambs, although the lambs seem to find it more stressful than the ewes!  Minimising the stress and easing the process are very important factors on our farm both for the welfare of the animal and the quality of our wool.

Without our intervention, weaning would occur naturally at approximately 6 months of age.  We aim to wean at 18 - 20 weeks when the ewes milk has naturally decreased and there is less risk of her developing mastitis.

We take the ewes to a different area of the farm for a few days to allow her milk to dry up completely.  This only takes 3 or 4 days and the lambs are left in their familiar surroundings with all of the other lambs who have been with them since birth.



Once the ewes milk has dried up we return them to their groups and they are not separated again until winter when the lambs are fed a special diet to help them strong through these long colder months.

 

Keeping Longwool Wensleydale Sheep at Home Farm Wensleydales is an entirely different process to keeping sheep for meat.  There are many factors that will affect the quality of the wool that we produce and stress during weaning is one of the highest.  We cannot have any weakness in the staple or wool break in our premium fibre. 

 

When we have successfully weaned our ewes and lambs we can look forward to a healthy flock growing luxury fibre for our wool and fleece customers.

 

 

 

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Preparing for lambing 2018

Getting ready for lambing 

16th February and all the ewes are ready to come into the party tent (our lambing marquee) – however, one just couldn’t wait and we had a lovely surprise on Friday 16th morning at feeding time.  A very premature ram lamb, but big and doing very well.  She’s a fabulous mother, very protective, looking after him well with all the other curious ewes around her – but she’s now happily in her luxury room and being waited on hand and foot.

The party begins …

and shortly afterwards two sets of Black Lincoln Longwool twins arrive - just a few days early but this time we were ready for them.  Black Lincoln Longwools are a new addition to our farm - another 'at risk' rare breed.  

 

This lamb will be sheared at 15 months old - providing a wonderful heavy and full fleece.

The Lincoln Longwool raw fleece is available in our Flock Box in the raw fleece section of our on-line store.

The raw wool on shearing has been sent to Bradford, Yorkshire, for washing and onwards to Laxtons for spinning into more of our beautiful 4 ply.

 

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Getting ready for lambing 

16th February and all the ewes are ready to come into the party tent (our lambing marquee) – however, one just couldn’t wait and we had a lovely surprise on Friday 16th morning at feeding time.  A very premature ram lamb, but big and doing very well.  She’s a fabulous mother, very protective, looking after him well with all the other curious ewes around her – but she’s now happily in her luxury room and being waited on hand and foot.

The party begins …

and shortly afterwards two sets of Black Lincoln Longwool twins arrive - just a few days early but this time we were ready for them.  Black Lincoln Longwools are a new addition to our farm - another 'at risk' rare breed.  

 

This lamb will be sheared at 15 months old - providing a wonderful heavy and full fleece.

The Lincoln Longwool raw fleece is available in our Flock Box in the raw fleece section of our on-line store.

The raw wool on shearing has been sent to Bradford, Yorkshire, for washing and onwards to Laxtons for spinning into more of our beautiful 4 ply.

 

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Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year to all our friends from Home Farm.   

January started off busy at Home Farm - shearing all of our pregnant Wensleydale ewes.  This should help the lambs find their mother's milk faster and also I believe that with a heavy longwool sheep this will be more hygienic.  

But of course it means more work at Home Farm, as these ewes will be housed now until after lambing. 

We have started preparations putting up the marquee – we do love our ‘Party Tent’, exciting times ahead.  If you want to keep up to date with our lambing from 1 March – join my facebook page ‘JayneDryden’.

Most of this fleece will be heading to Yorkshire for washing and spinning.  However, some of the premium fleece is selected and sold to hand-spinners and crafters.  
This month we had some absolutely spectacular hand spun wool from the Woolly Wizzard - take a look at our on-line store for more details

 

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Happy New Year to all our friends from Home Farm.   

January started off busy at Home Farm - shearing all of our pregnant Wensleydale ewes.  This should help the lambs find their mother's milk faster and also I believe that with a heavy longwool sheep this will be more hygienic.  

But of course it means more work at Home Farm, as these ewes will be housed now until after lambing. 

We have started preparations putting up the marquee – we do love our ‘Party Tent’, exciting times ahead.  If you want to keep up to date with our lambing from 1 March – join my facebook page ‘JayneDryden’.

Most of this fleece will be heading to Yorkshire for washing and spinning.  However, some of the premium fleece is selected and sold to hand-spinners and crafters.  
This month we had some absolutely spectacular hand spun wool from the Woolly Wizzard - take a look at our on-line store for more details

 

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Oct - Dec 2017

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April 2016

We've been having a great lambing season here at Home Farm Wensleydales, and thought many of you may appreciate an update on how things are going. 
Our Bluefaced Leicesters and Wensleydales have given us some wonderful lambs, and we are waiting on just three more.

At the weekend, we travelled to Wales for the Wonderwool festival. The timing was tight, but fortunately Laxtons delivered the first batch of our DK yarn to the the festival the day before we started, and we were absolutely delighted to have been able to include this on our stall. The DK comes from our 2015 shear, and we really love how the colours and yarn itself has turned out.
 
This was our first main show of the spring, and throughout summer we will be attending a wide variety of shows throughout the country.

The yarn is in on our website, selling at £6.50 / 50g.  
As well as just washed so natural, we have the most amazing subtle colours of Cotswold Stone, Burford Blue, Moreton Sage and Arlescote Blush.
Bringing some of our sheep to the festival, and having them alongside our stall, was fun  - and despite a few excitable Wensleydales trying their hand at hurdle jumping to meet our customers in person, it went very well indeed!
Thank you so much for having us Wonderwool Wales and we would love to see you all again next year x
http://www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk/home.html

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We've been having a great lambing season here at Home Farm Wensleydales, and thought many of you may appreciate an update on how things are going. 
Our Bluefaced Leicesters and Wensleydales have given us some wonderful lambs, and we are waiting on just three more.

At the weekend, we travelled to Wales for the Wonderwool festival. The timing was tight, but fortunately Laxtons delivered the first batch of our DK yarn to the the festival the day before we started, and we were absolutely delighted to have been able to include this on our stall. The DK comes from our 2015 shear, and we really love how the colours and yarn itself has turned out.
 
This was our first main show of the spring, and throughout summer we will be attending a wide variety of shows throughout the country.

The yarn is in on our website, selling at £6.50 / 50g.  
As well as just washed so natural, we have the most amazing subtle colours of Cotswold Stone, Burford Blue, Moreton Sage and Arlescote Blush.
Bringing some of our sheep to the festival, and having them alongside our stall, was fun  - and despite a few excitable Wensleydales trying their hand at hurdle jumping to meet our customers in person, it went very well indeed!
Thank you so much for having us Wonderwool Wales and we would love to see you all again next year x
http://www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk/home.html

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