Officially I guess we must actually be into winter as the clocks have changed, we have left British summer time behind, put our clocks forward an hour and are now finding it is dark by 5pm (earlier on a dark dreary day)
The grass held out really well this back end, up until lately it has been a huge bonus to have the grass still able to provide some feeding for the animals. If you recall I mentioned that the fertiliser on hay fields had been late to take a hold, really only coming into it's own when hay time was upon us, this has helped the fogs (new growth in hay fields) to last well and feed lambs for fattening, or even improving the store lambs (those to be fattened elsewhere). All in all nature it self has enabled the natural goodness to remain for mouths to eat for a long duration into the autumn which has been a god send as farmers haven't had too feed too soon on a year when their crops were light and their winter supplies may not be as much as they would have liked.
Hill sheep aren't being fed, they are tough cookies and will still find something edible out on the hills, tup time may see feed blocks put out to the ewes to help hold them together and give them a little boost. By hold them together I mean bring the flock naturally together to a point where the shepherd will drove them into each morning to check that all is well and the tup is still with them, the blocks are an incentive for the sheep to head to the predestined spot which makes tup time easier all round.
Okay! what a load of twaddle..... should we have the weather we endured last winter and spring then winter can indeed be long, too long, however, forever an optimist I like to look on the bright side - humour me!!
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