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The Killing Fields

7 March, 2016 - 12:41 | Lara Pollard-Jones

 

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A pedigree flock of Devon & Cornwall Longwools.  Picture courtesy of BWMB.

This has been quite a hard winter for sheep farmers: not only has it been very wet indeed, which is bad for sheep, but also the meat prices have been a bit lower …

As a result, there cannot be many shepherds this year who have not experienced losses of ewes, rams, yearling lambs and newly born lambs.  We have heard sad stories of lambs being born only to drown in the mud and puddles in the field before they can get up or die of pneumonia from getting too chilled.   This is very hard to deal with.

It’s always really sad to lose an animal, whether an old friend or a new one scarcely known yet.

 

 

Shepherding in the alps

14 December, 2015 - 11:00 | Lara Pollard-Jones

 

 

 

Anyone who has ever tried to herd sheep will know that is can – at times – be rather tricky.  However, our herding distances and efforts pale in comparison to those undertaken by the shepherds and their flock in this picture. 

The Bluefaced Leicester

12 October, 2015 - 15:32 | Lara Pollard-Jones

The Bluefaced Leicester is one of the most well known sheep breeds in the UK today, and arguably one of the most important.  Easily recognisable with its aquiline nose, pronounced ears and deep blue skin it is popular for crossing and is used as a terminal sire for nearly 50% of the UKs commercial breeding flock.  Its popularity as a terminal sire, however, has led to a divide within the breed with two distinctly different looking types.  This has led many to call for the Bluefaced Leicester to be divided into two distinct breeds, the traditional and the crossing-type.

Breed Focus: Castlemilk Moorit

12 October, 2015 - 15:00 | Lara Pollard-Jones

The Castlemilk Moorit has an interesting history.  While some sheep breeds have been around for centuries or have been developed for better meat or fleeces, this breed’s purpose was primarily aesthetic.

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