We’ve been thinking about our pasture management plans for the autumn. Several factors are important when thinking about where to put things from September to January; we like to keep the birds and bunnies on higher ground, and we have to keep various groups of sheep separate. So the plan is as follows.
July – September. Birds and bunnies move to the camping area which has been rested since early this year.
Sheep stay put on the main pasture.
September – Nov
Birds and bunnies on the highest part of the main pasture.
Sheep forest garden
Birds and bunnies stay on the top pasture.
Breeding Ewes and Rambo in Forest garden.
Fattening Ewes under tree with Wesley
Fattening Rams at the bottom of the main pasture until slaughter at Christmas.
We are unsure if this will work or of they will jump fences, but we are going to give it a go.
Today we picked a massive bowl of strawberrys. I split the bowl between two containers to take to some friends, and we had a load for breakfast. This picture is what was left. Still no raspberries yet, but I think the strawberries are going to do really well this year.
We have grass snakes living in one of our compost heaps! There were two yesterday when z found them by accident, under an old wheelbarrow stored on top, but there was just the one this morning. Obviously plenty of food in there for them.
I took my DIY sheep trailer out for it’s Maiden voyage. It went very well, it’s as solid as a rock. I’m well pleased.
Charlie fox came to visit a few weeks back, thank goodness our electric fence was working well. We caught these images using our camera trap, we bated it with infertile goose eggs that had been in the incubator. I think it’s a vixen, she couldn’t believe her luck!
A note to record that Virginia began sitting on a clutch of 11 eggs yesterday. The breeding schedule has gone out the window but you can’t convince muscovies the timing isn’t ideal…