Blackbird Farming

Lamb

We run a 1,500 strong sheep flock comprising Kent Romney and Suffolk Mules. The sheep are brought inside  in January, shorn, scanned and then remain housed through lambing until early March.

Ewes with lambs at foot are turned out to graze spring grass, a mixture of both stewardship grassland and arable land put down to grass called leys. These leys often comprise pure stands of Italian and Westerwolds Ryegrass.

As part of our Integrated farming practice the replacement ewe lambs for our flock will run on winter catch crops of stubble turnips, oats and vetches. These catch crops are quick to grow and are planted to fill the gap between harvest to when the fields are returned to spring sown combinable crops of peas, barley and soya.

The lambs have a small button like Electronic ID tag placed in their ear. Each EID tag has a unique 15-digit number and the number can be read by scanning the tag with an EID reader. This gives us to accurate information on the weight gain of each animal and overtime builds up an animal’s history. Other individual information can also be captured such as an animal’s health. This is an important part of our flock management.

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