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Saturday
Jun062015

Exciting news - Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Pups due

Really excited that the long awaited litter from Tilly -Ginger Lillie Around Oakberrow - is due on Monday 8 June 2015.  Tilly is a daughter from Gin from her first litter by Roy Bebbington's dog Zorro.  This litter proved to be excellent workers and also have had an excellent career in the show world.

Tilly won Best Puppy at Crufts in 2010 and also has gone on to win one Challenge Certificate with Best of Breed at Windsor Championship show and a Reserve Challenge Certificate at Midland Counties Championship show under the late Sheila Gray.  A consistent winner at both Open and Championship Shows.

The dad of the pups is Pam Wellstead's Ragnolds Ljuka who already has winning progeny in the show ring.

The photo shows Tilly and a headshot of Ljuka.

Monday
Dec222014

Lambing course dates for March 2015 at Oakberrow

In Lamb ewes ready for lambing at OakberrowThe ewes were all scanned last Friday and we are delighted with the outcome.  The Greyface Dartmoors we have 10 girls expecting and all the Texels are in lamb.  The Ryelands have also come up well with 34 of them expecting.  Plenty of twins and singles from the girls with one set of triplets expected.

The courses will commence from 17 February 2015.

NEW for this year we will have a few places for those who wish to experience night time lambing.  The course will start at 6pm and finish the following morning - what time you finish is with the ewes! A bed will be provided with breakfast and evening meal. 

Day courses commence at 10am - 4pm which will include lunch.

We limit numbers on the courses - day courses maximum 4 people and for the night time maximum 2 people.

It is a great experience and previous pupils have found it really helpful and learnt a lot.  We do like you to have a hands-on experience, but of course this is all dependent on the ewes. 

Please get in touch in you are interested, always pleased to have a chat through what you can expect to experience on the day.

Sunday
Nov022014

What a lovely summer

Show Champion Oakberrow Wotzinaname (Foster), son of GuinnessI have just realised that I have not been keeping the web updated on what has been happening at Oakberrow this summer.

We have had great success in the show ring with the Sheep - see under the separate sections for more details - Ryelands and Greyface Dartmoors.  With regard to the Dartmoors delighted that the second Oakberrow ram has been studded, this was Ulysses who has a Sunnyside dad and a Vespasian mum (Antonia).

Oakberrow also had losses this year and I am really sad and missing him loads, that was Guinness - kennel name Jennaline Seamour Butts at Oakberrow, he was Foster's dad.  A couple of weeks ago Steve and I had to make that heart wrenching decision.  He was a wonderful dog, had so many happy times with him out working on some lovely shoots.  As I am typing this tears come into my eyes, but his memory lives on.

Sunday
May042014

sheep showing courses - preparation

Dolwen Noble Inter Breed Sheep Champion Moreton Show 2013This time of year we are getting excited about attending the first show of the season with the sheep.  The Royal Welsh Smallholders

will be our first one closely followed by Shropshire County Show. 

There is always something to learn about the art of getting a sheep ready for the show ring and we do courses from how to choose your sheep for showing, preparation and ring etiquette, etc.  These are really useful and at least as a novice you have learnt some of the tips that the wordly wise stockmen do.

If interested please do contact me to arrange a date.  See under Learning Courses for details.

 

Monday
Apr072014

lambing is finished and looking forward to CountryTastic

Cleo with Charlie and a naughty RyelandLambing has gone really well finishing off with 3 sets of twins on Saturday.  There have been some really stunning lambs born this year and looking forward to showing them at the shows later on. 

Next week there will be some of them at CountryTastic which is held on 17 April at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern CountryTastic - Three Counties Showground www.threecounties.co.uk/countrytastic.  This is a great day out for children with the majority of the event being undercover and there are lots of free activities and also an opportunity to meet the animals and catch a glimpse of Adam Henson fresh from Lambing Live.  Come and have a chat - Steve will be there with some of the Dartmoors and Ryelands and wish him Happy Birthday as well.