Off work for a few days of lambing, I cannot help observing the difference a year makes.
It is now nearly 12 months since the move from Lower Drostre to Yscoedreddfyn, when the mood was pretty low. This year we are lambing without any distractions and the weather this spring is incomparable to 2013, so things are much better.
The cross-bred lambs born at the end of March are really altering, and having turned the hill rams on November 10 we are now in the thick of it. The yearlings have done well and have plenty of milk, but we are having to pull a few. Bought up with shed lambing, I am not sure how good I am lambing outdoors. I seem to be fairly busy moving ewes and lambs though and all the walking is keeping me fit.
All in all it is a world away from the recent series of Lambing Live. The programme last month was a real hit with the kids and I am sure I am not the only sheep farmer to compare and contrast, am I?
I note the farmer here is desperately in need of a good haircut and shave; the farmer’s wife is not too presentable either; Archie the dog is on three legs, while the young bitch Bronwen is suffering a bit of an identity crisis – Huntaway-Collie cross, she does not know whether to stand up and bark or lie down.
To cap it all our hill ewes can, on occasion, be a bit temperamental and have the tendency to run off in the opposite direction at the first opportunity, with or without their lamb.
I can, therefore, only look on with admiration and congratulate and thank our fellow farmers for the excellent job they did welcoming the BBC crew onto their farm to share their lambing experiences with the public. They were first class.
Away from lambing, Bobby has spent some time this month with our business consultant reviewing the business plan and cash flow. David first visited us when we received notice to quit and has stayed with us through the move. We have found it useful to have an extra pair of eyes to look over the business and while finances are tight, we are reassured I think to see this was as predicted and we are still on track.