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Lambing Live - last night was very busy

Ewes feeding in lambing barnOn the lambing list we had 14 on the list to lamb within a couple of days.  Obviously to a commercial farmer small numbers but for our set-up it means quite a lot of work.  This year the ewes who are in lamb to one of our new Ryeland Rams are all running about 4 to 5 days late to their lambing date, so you get all prepared for this and then the Grey face Dartmoors and Texels are lambing near enough on their lambing date.

Steve is glad to say that we are just over half way so he can catch up with his sleep after 6 of our girls lambed last night.

We have caught up with the lambing list which gives a slight breather.

The puppies will be leaving and going to their new homes over the weekend - apart from Bentley who is here while his new mum and dad are on holiday.

Lambing courses are going well and the girls will only  be lambing for the next couple of weeks so if interested please get in touch.  The people who have been on courses this year have been great and given great testimonials - 'Amanda - had a wonderful day, really enjoyed doing the practical things and learned lots - feel ready for my own lambing now!'.  'Jeanie - A really good day - a serious introduction to hands on sheep farming. Brilliant. Thank you.'



Lambing and Puppies

Puppies at playThis next month is going to be really busy as the ewes will start lambing on 1 February, lambing courses also start - we do have a few spaces available.

The Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla puppies are a month old so the hard work starts and their new owners get to meet their new charges. There is still one dog puppy available, so get in touch if interested and stop me from falling in love with him. Delighted to say he has found a great home today.

So Oakberrow is the place to be especially if  you want to learn about anything to do with sheep, we also do husbandry and show training courses.

First to lamb with the Ryelands followed closely by some of the Greyface Dartmoors, mny gorgeous Antonia and Baby Lara.

If you want to learn and have hands-on experience of lambing, do get in touch with us at Oakberrow either by e-mail or phone 01531 640102. 



Ceres one of our Greyfaced Dartmoors with lambsThe ewes were scanned on Monday by the expert Steve Lloyd and we are very pleased with the results with 22 twins due, 17 singles and 1 set of triplets.

The first ewe is due to lamb at the end of January but the majority will be in February.  Lambing course dates will run from 4 February 2016 either weekdays or weekends.

Bookings already coming in so if interested in attending please do get in touch.

Lambing Ryelands, Greyfaced Dartmoors and Texels and new this year Coloured Ryelands. 

It is always really exciting the anticipation of lambing and there is nothing better than seeing happy mums and babies.


Meet the new girl to the house - four generations

4 generations Tia Great Gran 15 years old to MorayGerman shorthaired Pointers have been part of my life for over 35 years and the Oakberrow GSPs are known for their beauty and brains.  Foster - Show Champion Oakberrow Wotzinaname - is 7 years old and the last of my line.  Earlier in the year I had an email from the lovely Stephanie Jackman asking if I had any pups which were related to Sh Ch Jennaline Herr-baceous of Oakberrow - Herbie, as her Herbie son Gunnel was getting old and as he had such lovely temperament and a great dog would like similar lines.  I had to say to Stephanie no but there was Foster.  So one thing led to another and In July Rosie and Foster got together and a gorgeous litter was born in September.

We have four generations as Moray has come to live at Oakberrow.  She is 12 weeks and a girl with character.  Stephanie has HP who is a very handsome boy.


Watch this space for lambing course dates

Champion Ryeland Flock HerefordshireWaiting with great excitement for the day with the Scanning man comes along and we will be able to confirm lambing dates for our Ryelands, Coloured Ryelands, Greyface Dartmoors and Texels.