This winter has been a long one for us here at Watergate Farm. Since September, we have seen record amounts of rainfall and many of our fields have been waterlogged. This has caused issues for us as we haven’t been able to drive on some of our fields since October, meaning it was impossible to drill these fields with Winter sown crops, such as wheat and barley. Our permanent pasture land has also become very wet, and we had to move some of our earlier lambing sheep indoors sooner than we’d have liked, to avoid them damaging the grass and soil structure too much.
We had a great festive period and we’d like to thank all of our loyal customers for choosing a locally, slow grown turkey which was reared with care on our farm.
Now that we are through the bleak, dark days of January, it is time to look forward to the Spring. Our first lamb of the year was born on the farm on the 2nd February. There are many more to come and this definitely feels like the calm before the storm (or after the storm if we’re counting Storm Ciara)!
We are very excited to be announcing that we are opening our farm to the public again this Spring, to allow you to see what goes on during lambing on a real working farm. You will not only have the chance to see lambs being born before your eyes, but there will also be cattle, pigs, pony rides, tractor & trailer rides, refreshments, and much more!
Our lambing open days are as follows:
21st & 22nd March
28th & 29th March
4th & 5th April
10th, 11th, 12th & 13th April
18th & 19th April
We hope to see you there!