You would have thought he would be busier at this time of year.
You would have thought that since I produce the finest quality mutton and lamb that I would be pretty familiar with the above rule of thumb. You would have thought…
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The start of the shepherds year comes round again. Only 5 months less 5 days and we’ll have the next generation of Wiltshire lambs on the way.
I’m particularly pleased with my rams this year. I have the 2009 champion ram lamb from the national show and sale and the sire of the top priced pen of 5 ewes from the 2010 sale. Having seen some of the ram lambs offspring from last year its all looking good for next years crop.
All this snow is affecting our production. With the best will in the world feeding species rich hay is not enough to fatten sheep in snow conditions.
As a result we haven’t been able to take any to slaughter for a while now.
I could take them leaner – but that would impact quality of the meat (less fat is not good).
I could feed them concentrate feed to fatten them – but then they wouldn’t taste as good.
Looks like I’ll have to wait and do a bit more selling in the spring.
Who brought up this whole food integrity thing anyway?