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Bottle fed Lambs (Megs)

This years lambing was especially difficult due to the heavy snow but we had no more than the usual bottle fed lambs.
It is very difficult to get a Manx Loaghtans to adopt another sheep's lamb. This year for the first time we managed to get a ewe to adopt a rejected lamb. We were left with three to bottle feed, on the Isle of Man they are called "Meg lambs". The three megs ended up being called… read more…

Animal Husbandry - February

All the ewes have their annual Heptavac-P Plus booster injection about 4-6 weeks before lambing in early February. At the same time their feet are checked and horns are checked that they are not ingrowing and trimmed if necessary. Also any ewes with a past history of Mastitis have Orbenin suspension inserted directly into their teets. Any sheep noted to have lost an ear tag have them replaced.… read more…

Bad Weather for lambing 2013

On the 22nd March 2013 a force 9 gale brought with it the worst snowfall that the Isle of Man has experienced. It could not come at a worse time as our ewes had just started lambing. Drifting snow covered fences and hedges and drifts in some places were over 7 metres deep. Our potential losses were reduced by a section of gorse being held up by blackthorn trees as this is where one flock… read more…


Show Time 2012

I have been entering the Royal Manx Agricultural show on the Isle of Man since 2005 when I only had a flock of 6 ewes and entered 3 of them, I was so delighted to get a fourth- my first ever rosette. The following year, 2006 I still only had 6 ewes but had a better idea which ones I should enter and again entered 3. This time I got 1st, 2nd and 3rd. In 2006, I also entered the Loaghtan fleece… read more…