First post of 2014

Hello everyone , happy new year , and we hope you all had a good Christmas. Since our last blog , Aaron and our farming friend, Tone,  from Wotton-Under-edge culled the Turkeys that we have been raising all year, we had 3 stags and 2 hens. It was quite a sad time to see them go as this was our first year of rearing Turkeys. we weren’t sure what weight they would make , but in the end it was fine, the smallest was 16lbs, and two of the stags weighed in at 30lbs. The 30lb turkey was bought by a local pest controller and he loved it , very moist and he had got four meals from it and still eating it as of Jan 11th !! We had very good feedback from all our customers , so we will be rearing more turkeys for 2014.  Three of our latest litter of kittens have been sold and we are keeping two as mousers…

New editions to our smallholding are two , registered 100% boer goats (One male , one female), we hope to buy another female in the spring and will be breeding from them later this year. Aaron has now bought the last item needed to become a shepherd, he has put a deposit down on a beautiful border collie which will be named Skye and will be picked up when she is 8 weeks old.

Our reindeer are doing well and had a couple of visits from local children in the run up to Christmas. they are getting more confident with other people and like being stroked , and hand fed. They are hoping for some snow this winter !! All the poultry have started laying again after a couple of months break. The small animal boarding is going very well and was busy over the Christmas holiday. We are hoping to expand this venture in the spring

New editions

Since the last blog , we have had a few editions to the smallholding. A pure unregistered pygmy billy who is currently running with my nannies and is available for stud hire , contact me if interested. We have also added four registered Jacob ewes and a show quality registered ram , who we will be breeding from shortly , and is also available for stud hire. Hopefully we will have lots of lambs and kids in spring 2014.  The Turkeys are fattening up nicely for Christmas, we will miss their antics , but I won’t miss my washing being pulled off the line , or trying to pinch the guineas pigs food through their runs. Our lovely black and white cat has just given birth to her second litter of kittens (five). Sad news though , our beautiful ginger kitten (Tiger) , was unfortunately hit by a car and died , so he has been buried under our plum tree.  We have numerous baby guinea pigs and we often have them for sale. Lars and Mika , the two reindeer are getting on really well, and can often be seen being taken for a walk on their lead ropes by myself and my son. My son Aaron is a step closer to achieving his ambition of becoming a shepherd, he now has his sheep . crook , whistle , and is booked on a lambing course, the only thing he is missing is the sheepdog !

My first post

Hello everyone , and welcome to my first blog which will bring you up to date with life at Oakdean since we moved here in May 2012. I aim to post on here maybe once or twice a month. A lot has happened since we moved in so here is a brief update. So , what did we have when we moved in almost 18 months ago? From the previous owners we were left two Jacobs sheep and two Angora cross breed goats. We decided to sell these to a farmer who we know from Wotton-Under-Edge , but when it came to transporting them the sheep especially were very unruly, one decided that it didn’t want to get loaded in the trailer and proceeded to sit down in the field and wouldn’t budge, it took us and a neighbour to lift it into the trailer! With these animals gone we could start afresh. The first job to do was to replace all the fencing which had seen better days. We found Dave , who is a tree surgeon by trade , but specializes in all things to do with timber or fencing. He spent many days putting up new stock and poultry proof fencing. Once this was all complete it was time to get some animals , so Aaron , my son chose to concentrate on poultry and waterfowl. He now has a diverse selection which includes Mandarin ducks , Toulouse and Pomeranian Geese , and several pure breed of chicken (Araucana , Plymouth Rock, Pekins). I decided to concentrate on goats, and am now in the process of building up a herd of registered and unregistered pygmy goats , as well as registered and unregistered Golden Guernsey’s. On top of this we have three sheep which we will be looking to breed , two Alpaca’s (Rhod and Gilbert) who are great fox guards. Our latest edition are two Reindeer (Lars and Mika), which we are currently halter training. That very briefly brings you up to date, and look out for some news of further expansion in my next post.