When does Winter give way to Spring. It should be March as the 'ol saying is : If March comes In like a 'Lion' it will go out like a 'Lamb'. So the Beast from the East must have been 'LEO'. The Farmers will be praying for 'Larry' come the end !!
It's the second dose of snow and this particular farm is just producing the lambs. The Rams will have been held back until the 24th of October before being 'unleashed' with the ewes .
A gestation period of nearly 5 months (on 5 months and back 5 days gives us 19th of march) and lo and behold just 4 out of 170 ewes have produced.
Fifty years ago, lambing indoors was unheard of but today with the well balanced food, sheep will house well if introduced to their feed in the field.
Of course it's not natural but it does protect the turf from poaching and weaker lambs survive the elements.
The extreme moisture in the ground is holding back ploughing and cultivations but no doubt seed time and harvest will not fail.
Turn out of cattle will also be welcome as soon as the fields can hold the heavy feet from poaching - this following a poor straw harvest for bedding is going to show some anxiety.
Anxiety is very much on the farmer’s mind as Brexit could bring severe hardship on the smaller farms.
The support system is as vital as it has been for years with many farmers’ sons looking for a better life.
However, to cheer us all up the early spring flowers are fighting the elements and all will be soon in full bloom again.