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A thief in my lambing yard!

Here at Yellingham Farm we always lamb indoors, which makes it easier for me.  It also means any problems, particularly in the night, can be spotted early and dealt with.  Yes, it costs more money because of bedding etc. and

Posted in Lambs, Member Farms, Sheep, Shepherd

Snowdrops abound!

It’s the start of the snowdrop season here at Fowlescombe.  It’s always so uplifting to see a carpet of these beautiful delicate flowers declaring spring is on its way! Last year’s lambs are looking very happy and healthy.  The two

Posted in gardens, Lambs, Member Farms, Sheep

A new website for Hele Payne Farm – a truly family affair!

  Over a year ago I read an article in a marketing magazine advising that all websites should be updated every 3 years.  This made me question my own website, which had been in place for 8 years, and my

Posted in Calves, Cows, Lambs, Member Farms, Pubs, Restaurants, Sheep, Wildlife

Honiton Show – Thursday 4 August 2016 – Be there!

The show is held annually on the first Thursday in August and has grown to be one of the largest one day agricultural shows in the country.  The venue is in the heart of the East Devon Countryside on a

Posted in Calves, chickens, Cows, Lambs, Member Farms, motorsports, pets, Rams, Retail, Sheep, Shopping, Uncategorized, village show

Terry the ram goes to Woolfest

  Terry is a rather handsome Exmoor Horn ram, with an impressive set of horns, and he has just had a short holiday in Cumbria visiting the massive Woolfest show. He was there with Lindy on her Exmoor Horn Wool

Posted in Farm Dogs, Lambs, Member Farms, Rams, Sheep

Early summer at Hele Payne Farm……

This is one of my favourite times of year in our quiet corner of Devon. Our spring crops have been planted and are thriving in the warm sunshine.  The grass has been growing so well that it is now time

Posted in Beach, Calves, Cows, Lambs, Member Farms, Sheep, village show

Spotlight on……Widecombe-in-the-Moor

The beautiful village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a well-known Dartmoor tourist attraction, welcoming visitors at all times of the year.  Widecombe lies in a valley created by the East Webbern River.  The name Widecombe is derived from ‘Withy-combe’ – meaning ‘Willow

Posted in Cows, Lambs, pets, Sheep, Shepherd, village show

It’s a dog’s life and it’s a good one!

The life of a farm dog is, generally speaking, a very happy one, especially in Devon where the fantastic variety of countryside provides a wonderful environment for dogs to explore. Our dogs are no exception. They know every inch of

Posted in Farm Dogs, Lambs, Member Farms, Sheep, walks

Lambing at Hele Payne Farm

It may seem early, but in the lowland valleys of Devon we start lambing very early.  At Hele Payne Farm we lamb the majority of our flock in January and February.  As we have 400 ewes (female sheep) we are

Posted in Lambs, Member Farms, Sheep, Shepherd

Bottling apple juice and preparing for lambing……..

Here at Yellingham we’ve embarked on an exciting new project………bottling our own apple juice!  I contacted an apple pressing company from Newton Abbott, who duly arrived on the appointed day and the process began. We had collected kilos and kilos

Posted in Lambs, Member Farms, Recipes, Sheep, Shepherd