NEWS FROM THE FARM

Due to the awful outbreak of COVID-19, we have had to close our metaphorical doors to all the lovely schools that were due to visit us.

As you can not come to us,

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From all of us at Shimpling Park Farm, stay safe and enjoy your "virtual farm visits".

Shimpling Park Farm - Coming to you! 8.4.20

Cultivating and Drilling carries on and the lambs are coming

 

 What an extraordinary 12 months !

 

Hottest, driest record on year. Tough for sheep and tough on the grass.

 

September it started raining and didn't stop. Tough on autumn planting.

 

We had the wettest January and February possible in 2020. 

 

End of March 2020 and we are finally starting to plant our spring crops.

 

And then came Coronavirus  !

 

We are isolating as a 'farm family' to try and get the work done safely.  

 

Seeds are getting planted and the lambs are beginning to pop out.   

 

 

Past News Items

New Friends

Proud Sow are our wonderful new butcher partners who now stock Shimpling Park Lamb in Dulwich Village and Crofton Park in London. We are grateful for their support of British  organic farming.

Really Local

Lavenham Butchers continue to grow their sales of Shimpling Park Lamb this year supplying local restaurants and selling in their fantastic shop. Thank you butcher boys.  

 

 

Great chefs

We are very flattered to find ourselves on the menu at the great Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds. The most amazingly tasty and 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.

 

 

To book a visit or if you have any questions:

Write to us at:

Shimpling Park Farm

Shimpling

Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk IP29 4HY

or email us on our Contact page

info@shimplingparkfarms.com

John Pawsey

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