Leven River Farm. We run Wessex Saddleback pigs, Tamworth pigs, Hereford cattle, Pilgrim geese and are looking for more rare breeds. We hope you can join us on our Blog for the ups and downs of our “Good Life” on Leven River farm and occasional forays delving into the lessons of the past.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
More for the Menagerie.
We have recently acquired two more animals for our farm
flock. I've always wanted Black Face Suffolk sheep, so having seen two for sale
on a friends Facebook page I just had to have them. Sheep are one of my
favourite animals and years ago we had loads on our property in far western
Queensland. These were the Merino breed of sheep well suited to the hot dry
arid conditions of the far west. I used to love laying in the wool bins after
shearing and taking in the smell of wool and lanolin.
Clover and Gwendoline
My new Black Face Suffolk sheep are both Ewes, they are in
lamb and due sometime in November. I have named them Clover and Gwendoline.
We've been meaning to get sheep for awhile now so I'm a bit excited that we
finally have some. I know it's only two but we will grow the numbers. For the
moment the girls are in the house yard mowing down the lawn for me. They do
look very James Herriot-ish running around with the green valley as a backdrop.
Our new Wessex Saddleback piglets have introduced themselves to the girls and I
wondered what each of them were thinking at the time. The piglets scampered
through the gap in the garden gate and proceeded to race over to the sheep en
masse. It was a funny sight so I had to go inside and grab my camera.
The new piglets say Hello.
Pinky, Perky and Petunia, our Wessex Saddleback Sows had
piglets in August. At the moment we have 35 little piglets running around the
place. They have good colour and markings, Horatio did a good job. They are at
that exploring stage now which means they are going under fences everywhere. It
can be a bit of a problem if they get it into their heads to go for a wander
over to the main road. I tend to keep an eye on them during the day for this
reason. Thank goodness our road isn't all that busy. Night time is fine they
are asleep in their beds under the heat lamp as it's still a bit cold here at
My Black Face Suffolk Ewes.
So, now I am waiting for the lambs to arrive, the countdown
has begun. How I love little lambs, so cute and photogenic. They may have
twins, Tasmania seems to produce lots of twins in sheep. Maybe it's the high
nutrients in the pasture. My girls will keep me in enough wool for spinning,
which I like doing when I have a moment or two. Black Face Suffolks are an old
breed from Britain and in the 1600's Norfolks were crossed with Southdowns and
originally known as Southdown Norfolks or Blackfaces. Then in 1774 an
agricultural writer decided they should be called Suffolks. In 1810 they were
accepted as purebreds and the name Suffolk was used for the first time. Yet
another old U.K. breed to add to our farm, we do love our old breeds.