March 2017

Food for mums and babies: nutrition at lambing

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9 March, 2017 - 10:52 | Sue Blacker

Lambs double in size in the last month in the ewe, which is a real challenge to the ewe to keep up with this as well as the additional situation of less room inside!   So feeding more frequently, twice or even three times a day, will regulate intake better and make it more effective.   Insufficient food can lead to dead lambs, or ewes, or twin lamb disease, poor quality colostrum and lower milk production.  Too much concentrated food can reduce the pH in the rumen, so quality is as important as quantity, and forage is key, with concentrates as a supplement.   Added yeast has been shown to be useful in improving colostrum quality and reduces the build-up of lactic acid in the rumen, which helps increase milk yield and quality.

Is it all in the soil?

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9 March, 2017 - 10:46 | Sue Blacker

Soil Photo from

We know that the correct minerals and trace elements are essential for good health of sheep, goats and alpacas – but how do we know what to do about this?

Firstly we need soil tests.  These are easier than you might think – you should take about 30 samples diagonally across the field, mix in a bucket to get a representative sample of the whole field then put some in a bag to post off for a soil test.  Ideally, soil testing should be done every two years, as rain, grazing and hay or silage cutting will all affect the soil balance.

Creating a new yarn range: Samite

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4 March, 2017 - 10:55 | Sue Blacker

As many of our avid readers will know, we have been working on a new Blacker yarn range, being launched this month!   This is a permanent addition to our ranges, designed to complement the others, providing a further range of textures and fabrics, a luxurious feel and adding to our colour palettes.   The colour cards are available right away and the full launch is on 23rd March, 2017.

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