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The farm & cottages blog

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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Be quick 25% off your March break for the first 5 bookings in the Steading and Byre Cottages!

Be one of the first 5 people to book this great offer to receive 25% off your total booking price! This offer is available on full week bookings (within March 2014) in both the Steading and Byre cottages only. If you would like a cosy cottage break in the Steading or Byre email us now & be quick!!

Fantastic holiday cottage offer for March breaks 2014

Fantastic holiday cottage offer for March breaks 2014 ↑

Delicious easy dining with Eastside Cottages’ December gift.

All those staying with us this December will receive an early Christmas gift! Eastside Cottages are giving away £10 COOK vouchers to make your stay even more relaxing by lending you a helping hand in the kitchen.

The new COOK Christmas brochures have arrived!

The new COOK Christmas brochures have arrived! ↑

Beautiful Cottage near Edinburgh to rent long term

Country living in the most picturesque area of the Pentland Hills Regional park, yet within easy commuting distance of Edinburgh. The Howe cottage is now available for long term let. (available from 27.12.13)

The Howe cottage situated at the top of loganlea reservoir

The Howe cottage situated at the top of loganlea reservoir ↑

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

Sheep sales & tup buying

We got good prices in the August and September lamb sales for our lambs as they withstood the awful summer weather better than their low ground counterparts and were ready to sell earlier. Nearly all our male lambs are sold finished i.e. ready for the meat market which shows what good grazing there is to be had on the Pentlands!

60 lambs fit into the sheep trailer at a time and they’re shipped off to the market in Stirling (United Auctions or the Caledonian) and with 900 lambs to sell, that’s a lot of trips clocked. The remaining smaller lambs are sold “store” to lowland farmers where they will do some more growing. Most of our female lambs go to the next door farm, Spittal, to be used for breeding and introduce hardiness into their texel cross sheep.

Selecting the lambs for market

Selecting the lambs for market ↑

Credit: Michael Rummey

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