SEE HOW THEY GROW

Do you remember this little fellow from one of my posts in 2010? I am sure you don’t. His name is Angus. In this picture he is with his mum.

Suffolk Mum and lamb

Here he is again with his little cousin Skye.

Suffolks and lambs

Both Angus and Skye grew into lovely first year Suffolk lambs, Skye winning prizes in her own right;

P1030257 2010 Aug 5th Angus' relative

Young Angus received first year lamb Championship and Supreme Champion accolades at a large agricultural show in 2010. This year, Angus will be fully grown. There are high hopes of him achieving some prizes in 2011.

P1030255 2010 Aug 5th Angus lamb Champion

There is a new kid on the block, a Suffolk lamb born Hogmanay. This wee chap has been called Dougal. He looks sturdy. It will be interesting to see how he develops. He is pictured here in the field with Skye.

P1000411 Young Dougal 2

And here is Skye sticking her head through the dyke slab to pose for the camera and ‘baaa-baa’ at the photographer.

P1000404 Dougal + shorn sheep

The Suffolk breed of sheep is fast becoming a rare breed. It is being maintained by ‘hobbyists’, or in this case, the interest of the farmer’s school-age grandson. The farmer grandparents, support his interest. The reason for the reduction in the rearing of the breed, is that they take about two years to mature. There is a very similar breed, (the name of which escapes me) that mature in a year. Economic times being what they are, very difficult, and weather conditions being tough, farmers like everyone else are having to seek out efficiencies in what they do.

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0 thoughts on “SEE HOW THEY GROW

  1. I can’t assure you one way or the other Lilian. I can tell you though, that these farmers treat their stock with the utmost care. We constantly comment on it.

  2. Thanks Marika….:)

    These farmers, like the majority where I live, take care of their stock. Many of the sheep are pedigrees. There are good looking animals to be seen.

    Hill sheep are different again, they are more independent, except in Winter, and especially one like the last extremely harsh and cold one. Many crofters, (smallholders) have them and they keep a weather eye on these flocks, encouraging the hill sheep to the ground they are at home on, in late Spring.

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