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NEWS FROM THE FARM

Due to the awful outbreak of COVID-19 we have had to close our metaphorical doors to all visitors and schools  so we have decided to bring the farm to you with a weekly diary

 

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From all of us at Shimpling Park Farm,

stay safe and enjoy your "virtual farm visits" 

 

 

Our YouTube Diary Entries                                                                                             Since March 2020 we have been posting a weekly update of what is happening on the farm.  Here are some of the things we have covered.

 

 

No. 12 - 24.5.20

 Alice explains our managment of the SSSI ancient coppiced woodland as Matthew comes to collect the timber he cut last year ready to feed the farm boiler in the winter and make us less dependant on oil where possible.  We are desparate for rain althogh the crops and the sheep are still growing. The ewes have been sheared. 

No 11 - 15.5.20 

Cameron shows us how to shear sheep.  The orphan lambs are getting bigger and John is busy with his bean trial experiments. We have last year's wheat going off the farm and we look at the paperwork that has to accompany every load. The weeds are growing fast so we are getting one of our armoury against weeds ready - the mower.

 

No 10 -  2.5.20

Lambs get bigger and one of the orphans goes on a road trip. Robert explains why we have some black lambs and explains how we number them. Finally we get some RAIN. Much needed and we watch as it finally soakes down to the seed.  Our ancient hawthorn tree falls down with the weight of blossom and rain. We do isolating combine service and new recruit Sam explains what he has to do to pass his loader test.  

No 9 - 26.4.20

 We take a tour of the new born lambs and Cameron (with his Covid haircut) explains how to check them, tag them and ring their tails.  Alice explains how our out-door organic sheep system works with these New Zealand Romney sheep. Peter clears up old hay so the grass can grow and the winter and spring crops need weeding already. We have a new full time team member - Welcome Sam!

No 8 - 18.4.20

Checking the twins lambs and Robert getting in the swing of the lambing season. Redrilling a failed bean field from the wet winter and the newly drilled spring crops are really getting going. Hoeing the weeds out of the winter sown wheat and planting clover between the rows as a mulch. We have a few lamb orphans and one got attacked by a fox but they are learning to drink from the milk dispenser. 

No 7 - 12.4.20

It is getting hotter and dryer. We have a few orphan lambs and a pop up hospital. As we race to finish John has a blow out on the main road but the lovely police arrive.  We finsih drilling - enough to make 8.5. m pints of lager (barley) 28m bowls of possidge (oats) and 26 millions sausages (feed beans) Thank you NHS for having our back so we can carry on working. 

No. 6  - 8.4.20

Long days cultivating and drilling. Time to make the lamb pop up hospital. Alice explains why we have sheep and the role they play in our crop rotation. Tractors break as we hurry to finish. A ewe gets stuck on her back and early twin lambs are beginning to be born.  

No 5 - 4.4.20

The soil is as hard as a road after the rain and then the sun. John explains cultivations and why we use Ad Blue to make our tractors more enironmentally friendly. We have wheat leaving the farm and puctunred tyres in the field. Early twin lambs are born. 

No. 4 - 31.3.20

Greg has a really bad tooth and all dentists are shut so Rufus comes to the rescue and gets rolling. We are mad drilling, the clocks go back so the days are long. The sheep are fat and shy and poised to start giving birth. 

NO. 1 - 25.3.20

We are bringing the farm to you. Really busy after a record breaking wet winter. Loads of seeds ready to plant and a new cultivator arrives from the Chech Republic. 

No. 2 - 27.3.20

Finally we can start drilling and we get the fuel to the fields and have two drills going at once. The combine has mice nesting in it! 

No. 3 - 28.3.20

Fuel is in short supply and we are using 1000 litres a day. John is busy getting a seed bed and Peter shows us how we plant (drill) the seed.  Wheat planted in the winter looks good and the sky larks are singing. 

Past News Items

New Friends

Proud Sow are our wonderful new butcher partners who stocked Shimpling Park Lamb in Dulwich Village and Crofton Park in London. We are grateful for their support of British  organic farming and look forward to working with them again as soon as the lambs are ready

Really Local

Lavenham Butchers continued to grow their sales of Shimpling Park Lamb last year supplying local restaurants and selling in their fantastic shop. Thank you butcher boys. Can't wait for the new season to work with you again.  

 

 

Great chefs

When times get back to normal we can't wait to share our lamb with the amazing chefs at the great Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds. The most elegant eating experience you can imagine. 

 

 

New Shepherd

A new sheperding team have started looking after our New Zealand Romney flocks. Robert Spink and Cameron have nurtured some fat and chilly ewes through the first tough winter in a while!

Drilling 

Spring drilling is well underway at last after the rain. At least three weeks late but sailing along with our System Chameleon from Sweeden. Very much enjoying sharing this technology.

 

 

Instalamb

Many of the visitors to the farm have asked to be updated when the lambs arrive so we are now on Instagram at Shimplingparkfarmsuffolk.  Here are a few lambs drying out after the rain. 

 

 

New leys emerge

The leys and pollen and nectar mixes that we have under-sown in our crops ready for feeding our sheep and pollinators are looking good having been established with our new System Cameleon drill. The Cameleon has also hoed the crops as well

 

 

Harvest approaches

It hardly seems possible bjut harvest is upon us. Disease levels are fairly high this year in our crops due to the very wet spring we have had, but in spite of that crops are still looking good and our fingers are firmly crossed!

 

 

First lambs arrive!

Our lambs have been born on the farm! All our ewes have proved to be excellent mothers, giving birth unassisted outside as nature intended. They are all very protective over their babies and are now enjoying some spring weather.

 

 

Ram-u-like

The rams have done their job! The lads were introduced to the ladies on the 5th November and having been working hard to make sure that we have a good crop of lambs in the spring. They are now relaxing with Yogi the hairy pony who has adopted them and leads them around the farm better than any sheep dog!

 

 

Autumn crops emerge!

Our autumn crops are now beginning to peek through the soil. We sow our crops on wider rows so that we can mechanically hoe inbetween the rows to deal with weeds as we don't like to use chemical sprays on our farm. However, we only hoe when necessary to avoid disturbing ground nesting birds.

 

 

Autumn sowing

We are now fully underway with sowing our autumn cereals. Winter barley, spelt and oats are in the ground with wheat being sown today. Seedbeds have been excellent and with a warm start to October the crops should emerge within the week. This autumn we are using our new Swedish drill which not only sows seed but hoes weeds out of our crops as well. 

 

 

New ewe lambs arrive.

Today we took delivery of 250 more New Zealand Romney ewe lambs to increase our flock to 500. They soon settled in after their journey up from Kent and soon will be on the clover at our other farm at Lavenham Lodge.

 

 

Pollinators this way!

Now harvest has finished our under-sown pollen and nectar leys are bursting with flowers for some late season nector for bees and other foraging insects.

 

 

Ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong!

The lads have arrived! It's time for our lovely lady New Zealand Romneys to find a mate and their choice men have just arrived. Rams currently to be found on clover rich leys and getting ready for action!

 

 

 

National Organic Cereals 

National Organic Combinable Crops conference is being held at Shimpling Park Barn and Farm  

 

 

Harvest 

Harvest has started with us just managing to get our organic spring barley just before of pollen and nectar mixes grew out of the top of the crop. Phew!

 

 

 

Anticipating Autumn

Our new Swedish drill has arrived. System Cameleon is the Scandanavian way to sow seeds and hoe weeds. It is the first machine to be imported into the UK.

 

 

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