Sunday, September 10, 2006
Smallholding for beginners course - We ran another of the popular smallholding for beginners courses yesterday and whilst hectic it was very good! We had a tour of our woodland led by Pete and covering woodland management, fencing, hedges etc and talked about breeds of livestock, legislation and regs etc. We then visited Beech Hayes Farm run by the amazing Nick and Ruth Strange. They are full time small farmers with beef, sheep, pigs, poultry and assortment of other stuff! They sell all their produce direct from the farm or through the farmers markets. They work VERY hard! Tea and Somerset apple cake rounded off the day!
In the evening our shearer came to shear this years lambs before the weather gets too cold. This helps them grow and also protects against late fly strike this year and helps against early fly strike next year.
Needless to say we all slept well!
Picture is Ruth and Nick Strange