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Farming calendar

Check out what's taking place on the farm throughout the year

Hill Sheep Farming (timings may vary according to altitude and location)

Allan WrightOctober

  • Wedder lambs (castrated males) sold as ‘stores’ (for others to fatten or ‘finish’ before selling for killing).
  • Tup sales begin.

October/November

  • Hill gathered for the winter.
  • Ewe lambs (young females) grazed separately on farm (not ‘away wintered’).

Late November-December

  • Tups (rams) put in with ewes on fields near the farm (the ‘in-bye’ land).
  • Winter jobs include fencing, chopping wood and rabbit control.

December

  • Good ewes graze on enclosed hill-edge until lambing time, others graze in-bye.
  • In harsh weather extra forage taken to fields.

March

  • Ewes ultrasound scanned to see how many lambs they are carrying.
  • Unmated, young ewes (hoggs) go to hill to find their own ‘heft’. They, in turn, will teach their own offspring where to graze on the hill.

Mid-April to mid-May

  • Ewes on in-bye for lambing.
  • Preparing land for growing crops such as turnips and new grass.

May

  • Lambs given flock ‘lug’ mark.
  • Ewes with single lambs go to the hill. Ewes with twin lambs kept on the in-bye until speaned (weaned).

July

  • Sheep shearing. Sheep marked with our blue mark.
  • One of the four annual treatments against sheep tick.

July/August

  • Cutting grass for haylage (partially dried and wrapped) or silage (undried grass in an airtight wrapping).
  • Planning for next year’s cropping begins.

September

  • Lambs speaned; ewes returned to hill if young and fit enough.
  • Older ewes ‘drafted’ (taken out) from the hill flock and either sold or put to a lowland tup.

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