Elizabeth’s Farm

Elizabeth has a smallholding on the land next to her house.       She keeps cows, alpacas, ponies, sheep, chickens, ducks and is thinking about getting some pigs...  

Two new calves

Two of the highland cattle have given birth.      One has inherited white fur from its grandfathers genes, and will be called Fiona, which is derived from the Gaelic Fionn, meaning white or fair.   We haven’t decided what the other …

 

A new foal

Last week Dancer, one of the minature Shetland Ponies, gave birth to a little colt foal.   The colour is described as Palomino, which is similar to a milky coffee colour.     He’s quite friendly, and he’s being handled every day to …

 

Christmas 2015

All of us at Omicron Engineering would like to wish our friends, customers and suppliers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We will be closing from this afternoon (24th December) and will re-open on the 4th January.    Emails …

 

New Calf (update)

IMG_0267A new calf has been born last weekend, called Oxo II.

We thought that there would be a 3 week delay between that and the next, but actually the other three have all given birth within 10 days.

So, as …

 

Piglets (update)

IMG_0025The piglets are growing rapidly and are old enough to have been moved away from their mother.   They’ve also had their ear tags fitted and the job of catching them and separating them from their mum took best part of …

 

Reggie

NORP8834This is Reggie (the rejected lamb).   He was born a month ago and his mother had twins, but rejected this little chap.  He’s been bottle fed ever since, 3 times a day and thus is very tame and thinks he’s …

 

Alpaca shearing

NORP8852Last Friday the team of Alpaca shearers came to shear the four Alpacas, so Elizabeth has several bags of alpaca fleece which can be spun into wool.

They look even sillier than normal when they have been freshly sheared.…

 

Piglets

NORP8846This morning, Elizabeth’s pig Bonnie, an Oxford Sandy and Black, gave birth to six little piglets.

Elizabeth filmed this short video on her iPad. 82Mb download.

 

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Home grown wool!

IMG_2919Every year the sheep shearer comes and shears all the sheep.

Elizabeth had tried hand carding some fleece and spinning it on a traditional spinning wheel, but it was far too labour intensive, so she sent some away to be …

 

Cows are pregnant

calf3Elizabeth has had loan of Fingal the bull for a couple of months now, and last week the vet came to visit and pronounced that four of the female herd are pregnant.

This means that Fingal has done his job …

 

Lambing 2015

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This morning we were pleased to find two new-born lambs.  They had been born in the field from one ewe, and have now been brought indoors.…

 

Pigs

Elizabeth’s long standing threat of getting some pigs has happened.      Two Oxford Sandy and Black pigs will be arriving in the next few days.   OSB’s are sandy in colour with black spots and are another ancient and rare breed.    As …

 

Another new calf!

Ten days after the birth of Bovril, the other pregnant cow has given birth or a little heifer.    This may well be called Eriska and joins half sisters Oona and Morag.…

 

New Calf

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Last night we had a bit of a surprise.     There were only four cows mooching around waiting for dinner when there should be five.    We found the fifth cow in the far field, nursing a new born calf.    This is …

 

Goodbye Treacle and Toffee (update)

Treacle and Toffee, the two minature Shetland pony foals have gone to their new home.   They will be living at Edfords Care Farm near the north Norfolk coast.    Edfords Care Farm is a small farm where people with mental health …