They say time flies when you’re having fun, and I can hardly believe that January, and my first lambing of the season, has already been and gone.
As the title suggests, I fled the frozen North at the turn of the New Year for the tropical climes of the south west of England to lamb an early flock of Poll Dorsets, Charollais crosses and pedigree Blue Texels.
This was my first January lambing, but thankfully the weather was fantastic and the ewes were, for the most part, very well behaved, so it was a nice way to ease me in to the next three or four months of lambing.
Every day’s a school day and this job gave me a few new experiences, including lambing in a polytunnel, working with two new breeds in the Dorsets and Blue Texels and sampling the wonderful Cornish pasty. I was actually very impressed with the Dorsets and briefly contemplated setting up an early lambing flock at home before realising they probably wouldn’t fare too well in the Scottish winter! I think I’d better leave the frozen lamb to the supermarkets.
Thanks to the weather, ewes and lambs were quickly turned out in the fields and I was able to enjoy watching the lambs thrive in the three and a bit weeks I spent shepherding them, growing well, forming wee lamb gangs and bounding around at breakneck speed. The paddocks and fields of the surrounding Cornish dairy farms were full of grass and, naturally, it did the lambs wonders.
The farm was situated just 6 miles away from the most southerly point of mainland Britain, so having made the 1000+ mile round trip, there was no way I could turn down the opportunity of seeing it. Luckily, I was able to find a spare hour to head down to the Lizard Point and stand looking out across the sea, feeling like I was at the world’s edge. It’s well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in that neck of the woods.
I was also able to sneak away on a Saturday morning to spend a few hours in Breage with Steve and Ryan of the Cornish Lamb Co. Being about 15 minutes away the opportunity to put faces to the two lads behind the social media accounts and see their farm and sheep flock was fantastic.They plied me with coffee, for which I will be forever in their debt, and I hope I’ve made two virtual pals into real world ones.
I had a few enquiries about work from clients old and new while down in Cornwall, so I’ll have plenty of work to look forward to at the end of the 523 mile slog back up the M5 and M6, starting with scanning a few thousand Romneys.