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Winter at Woodside

Posted: Sunday 1st March 2015 by WoodsideJon

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Winter always throws up the most challenges for anyone involved in managing livestock. The short days, cold wet weather and frozen water all make our job harder. Just after Christmas we had a large dump of snow across the county, bringing roads to a standstill and making it impossible for our livestock to graze. I am lucky to be part of a very dedicated Reserves Team who helped to ensure that all of the animals got hay every day while the snow lasted. It never ceases to amaze me how tough our native breeds are – as long as they have access to feed they can stay out in the worst of the UK weather, conditions that would send you and I for the fireside sofa!

Winter seems to go on for a long time but by mid February the signs of spring are actually well advanced. Catkins and snowdrops in the hedgerows promise of warmer days to come and across our fields there is a slight greening to the grass, a welcome sight for a livestock who have been sustained on our hay.

The sheep are now a quarter of the way through their pregnancy and are blooming! We are confident that most are pregnant and look forward to a manic few weeks in April when the next lot of Woodside Farm lambs are born, hopefully into some lovely spring sunshine.

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