By Andrew Martin, Head of Outdoor Work
Lambing this year reached 188%, meaning we got 47 lambs from 25 ewes with no fatalities. In the sheep world, this is very good news! Recently, parent Craig McGregor got in contact to share his story about keeping his own Bedales sheep, an extract of which is below. If you would like to try your hand at some shepherding please get in touch. We will be selling live lambs from mid-July and they will be the tastiest lawnmower you will ever have! Contact me on 07786381427 / email firstname.lastname@example.org
By Craig McGregor, parent
When I first read Andrew’s email from Bedales last spring offering lambs from the Bedales flock, I confess my first thought was ‘Yum!’ rather than ‘Awwwwww cute…’. I’d kept a few pigs in the past (they were delicious too) and I liked the idea of trying some sheep for a change, despite the odd cautionary tale I’d heard in the past. As it happens the Jacob’s sheep at Bedales behave more like [mountain] goats anyway, and they have provided my family with lots of entertainment over the past year!
They have been very easy to keep and look after, especially as Andrew had given them the necessary medicines before I collected them, and even loaned me his trailer to get my four lambs home.
I know you shouldn’t name future meals in your paddock, but one of them (they are all rams) showed such leadership and smart thinking that I praised him and inadvertently called him Timmy one day, and that stuck. The others remain nameless, though all of them are very happy to chat at any time, and they are very curious by nature. They are fast learners and so can be beckoned from far away when they know it’s mealtime, or see me with the rattling bucket.
The biggest benefit of course is the grazing, and they have kept our two fields to a nice neat length, and we haven’t needed any extra topping, which is very handy and saves some money too.
Their next milestone is our local butcher, who will be cutting and preparing the meat. As they’re just over the year, they are officially young hogget’s, apparently, and are absolutely delicious when slow-roasted…
Of course I am also collecting another three or four from this year’s lambs to repeat the cycle. Highly recommended! And happy to chat with any other parents…