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Entries in lambing courses (13)

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.

Saturday
Jan072017

2017 Lambing courses - the girls are in the lambing shed

Ryeland ewes in lambing shedThe Ryelands, Coloured Ryelands and Greyfaced Dartmoor ewes are all in the lambing sheds enjoyng the comforts.

Lambing courses at Oakberrow commence 7th February and the girls are lambing in a tight pattern so we are full on from then until the end of February.  This does help with lambing courses as we have more days available.

At Oakberrow we are very friendly and make everyone welcome.  The numbers on the courses are limited to 4 so we can ensure that you get the mnost out of the day with us and can go home happy and confident in dealing with the lambing of your own flock.

We do have dates available, please contact us if you wish to attend a Lambing Course.

email dsg.oakberrow@gmail.com or phone 01531 640102.

Greyface dartmoor ewes in lambing shed

Thursday
Dec152016

LAMBING COURSE DATES FOR 2017 ANNOUNCED

Greyface dartmoor lamb - so cute!!The girls were all scanned earlier this week and we have lots of singles, twins and also three sets of triplets due from our gorgeous ryelands, coloured ryelands and greyfaced dartmoors.

Exciting times ahead as we have used some new rams this year.  Our latest purchase from Ann Rickson of Sunnyside Greyface Dartmoors with Seb is going to be a first time Dad with all the girls in lamb to him. 

Woody our new Coloured Ryeland ram lamb has three girls in lamb and one of these is having triplets.

On the Ryeland front we used four rams - Untouchable whom we used last year and was Best Stock Ram in the Flock competition.  Oakberrow Tornado had four girls.  Our ram lamb Winston who won best retained ram lamb in the flock competition and son of Untouchable has three girls in lamb to him and our latest ram to the flock Uncle Colin had the majority of the girls and is going to be father to two sets of triplets.

COURSES WILL RUN FROM 7 FEBRUARY FOR THE MONTH

Please get in touch to book your place.  Courses run from approx 10am - 4pm, or later depending on what is happening in the lambing shed.  Lots of theory and hands-on.  Cost £95 per person and includes lunch. NEW 24 hour lambing running 10am-10am - limited numbers and includes bed and all meals. £200 per person.

email dsg.oakberrow@gmail.com - tel 01531 640102 or 07971675162

If you want further information, please do not hesitate to contact either Steve or Doreen.

If you or your partner are pregnant please read the advice from the NHS about lambing before booking your course

Monday
Oct102016

CHAMPION RYELAND FLOCK 2016

Girls in the autumn sunThe Herefordshire and Marches Regional Ryeland group hold an annual Flock competition for members of this group.

Steve and I were really pleased last year when we won this prestigious award and even more delighted to win again - Overall Champion Flock, Best flock of ewes, Best Stock Ram and Best Retained Ram lamb.

The Judge for 2016 was Jonathan Long who has recently moved to this area from Kent.  Jonathan is Chairman of the Southdown Sheep Society and also owns Blue Texels and Beltex breeds.  He was most impressed with the quality, eveness, type of the Oakberrow flock.

What a great end to the year with our newest addition to our coloured flock Woody ( Derwent Woodlark) winning champion male coloured ryeland lamb and Reserve Champion overall at the recent National Lamb Championships held at Malvern end of September.  Woody and Lucy also won champion coloured pair of ryelands under the judge Richard Dorrell.

Rams with ewes and all going well, so bookings already coming in for lambing courses - please keep an eye on the web for dates.  Contact either on info@oakberrow.co.uk or dsg.oakberrow@gmail.com.