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A collection of stories about life on Eastside hill sheep farm in Scotland. Short, frequent and hopefully engaging... we’ll try our best!

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The (better late than never) 2013 Spring Lambing news

Spring 2013 will go down as one of the worst on record with day after day of relentless cold icy east winds and no grass growing. It’s my excuse for not blogging and a good one! We were lucky compared to our counterparts in the west where the Isle of Arran, Isle of Man and Wales had terrible snow storms with flocks buried under a couple of meters of snow, which must have been dreadful!

The benefits of having free range sheep shone through as the ewes got plenty to fill their bellies from the hill ground. Some weren’t that interested in rearing a lamb or had very little milk so the number of lambs I had to rear were rising daily and got to 30!...

Alice and Beth camped out by the lamb feeder

Alice and Beth camped out by the lamb feeder ↑

Photo Jenny Cowan