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Tuesday
May292018

OFF TO ROYAL BATH AND WEST SHOW WE GO

Oakberrow VinnieSteve and the show team of Ryelands, Coloured Ryelands and Greyface Dartmoors are all off to the Royal Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. www.bathandwest.com/royal-bath-and-west-show.

Do come along and introduce yourself to Steve or myself and talk sheep!! 

Thursday is judging day for the breeds and we have fingers crossed.  The handsome Cagedale Windfall will be competing again as well as the equally handsome Oakberrow Xplorer our Coloured Ryeland Ram.  The Greyfaces are being headed up by Oakberrow William, this will be the first outing this year for the Dartmoors.

We have lambs available for sale from all the breeds and if interested please do get in touch.  Please use this email dsg.oakberrow@gmail.com (the web email is out of action at the moment so do not use Contact details), or phone 01531 640102 or 07971675162.

Wednesday
May162018

SUMMER IS HERE - WHAT ABOUT SHEEP HUSBANDRY COURSE OR SHOW PREPARATION

2016 National Ryeland ChampionAt Oakberrow we run courses throughout the year and at this time of year we run both sheep husbandry courses - these can be either for the novice sheep owner or someone who is looking at purchasing sheep and wants to learn about the do's and don'ts.

During last month we were truly International with trainees from Zimbabwe and also Germany.

This is also the start of the county show circuit and Oakberrow Ryelands and Greyface Dartmoors will be exhibiting at Devon County Show which starts tomorrow 17 May.  Steve is there with the Ryelands and the Coloured Ryelands which are being judged by Jane Pinches at 2.30pm tomorrow.  Go along and have a chat with Steve.

Our next show is Royal Bath and West Show where there will be a full show team of Ryelands, Coloured Ryelands and Greyface Dartmoors.  

 

 

Tuesday
Feb062018

LAMBING HAS STARTED AT OAKBERROW 2018

Greyface Dartmoors in lambing shedGreat - at last we have started lambing.  The first lambs to be born were triplets to S8 our show ewe and she has 2 boys and a girl who are all doing well.  They were born on 31st Jan.  Following on from that our beautiful Antonia (Greyfaced Dartmoor) had two pretty girls on Sunday 4 February and then last night my little Babe (Greyfaced Dartmoor) had her daughter.

From the 8th to the 10th we have nine ewes to lamb so it will be getting pretty busy at Oakberrow and then the remaining are all following on mostly during February.  We are lambing 43 ewes this year which is more than in 2017.

Lambing courses - we have flexibility as there is something due to lamb every day for the remainder of the month and then running into March, so if interested in a course do please get in touch.

Contact - dsg.oakberrow@gmail.com or phone us on 07971675162.

Sunday
Dec242017

LAMBING COURSES COMMENCE 4th FEBRUARY 2018

All the ewes have been scanned and delighted with the results which include three sets of triplets, one of which is from our Greyface Dartmoor Ewe Lara.  This will be the first time that any of our Dartmoors have had triplets.

Greyface Dartmoor with her twinsThe Lambing Courses start 4th February and the ewes lambing dates are for all of February which gives a good choice of dates to choose from.  We always try to fit in the courses to when ewes are due and give them some leeway either side of the date so that attendees will see a lambing during the time at Oakberrow.

The course also covers the feeding of the ewes and the after-care for lambs as well as the signs of when a ewe is going to lamb and actual lambing and problems with the different presentations of the lambs.

A good lunch is also provided!

If interested, please get in touch to book your spot.  Tel 01531 640102/07971675162 or dsg.oakberrow@gmail.com.

 

 

Tuesday
Nov212017

Lambing courses - dates to be announced for February 2018

Pupil lambing their first lambThis year at Oakberrow we have increased the number of ewes we are lambing.  The breeds we have are Ryelands, Coloured Ryelands, Greyface Dartmoors and Texel/Beltex ewes.  

They will be scanned in December and then lambing course dates will be posted on the web, but it looks like we will start from the first week in February through to the first week in March 2018.

We enjoy lambing it is always a great feeling seeing the new borns and how they develop.  

Our courses cover all aspects of lambing and we have had great feedback from previous years saying how much they learnt and really enjoyed the experience of attending a course at Oakberrow.

We already have a few people put their names down for lambing courses, so if you are interested please get in touch.  This year we are putting in a 12 hour course as well as the daytime lambing.