Well any Monday Blues were far on the horizon today. We have welcomed not one but 16 arrivals to the farm!
A little Belted Galloway bull calf was born this morning to Liquorice. He was very fresh and still wet when we pulled up to check him. All is well and the mother is doing fine too. This calf has been named Bracegirdle in honor of my cousin’s engagement and is very fitting for a Belted Galloway. The traditional meaning of the family name is ‘breech-girdle’ and referred to a maker of these types of belts.
Later this morning James and I went to have a look at a pen of sheep.. and couldn’t resist picking them up. We are now the proud owners of 15 Black Faced Suffolk, with 11 ewes and 4 wethers. These are a good meat breed of sheep and I am looking forward to working with them and fattening them up. They are a bit of an experiment to see how we go with them and also get me used to working with some more stock.
The sheep are staying at our current residence because it’s a (mostly) ring locked property. That and James’ father agreed that we could.. loosely! It is also where one of our orphaned highland heifer calf, Mabelline is living too. I am not sure she is a fan of her new friends, but it’s funny watching her try to herd them around and figure out what they are!