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Lambing at Watergate Farm Hockliffe

By on 3 May, 2014 in Photography

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A wonderful annual event, and we were lucky with a few lambs being born during our visit of lambing at Watergate Farm Hockliffe. A great family day out. Highly recommended!

All photos shot on my Olympus PEN E-P5 Micro Four Thirds Camera. The lens of the day was my Panasonic 35-100 f2.8.

In other to see a full screen version and EXIF information, just click on the photo.

Lambing at Watergate Farm

Most of the sheep flock consists of mule ewes, which are a cross between a swaledale ewe and a blue-faced Leicester ram. These sheep are reared on the moors of Northern England and thrive when brought sour to live on better pastures. Watergate Farm purchases ewe lambs from some of the traditional sales each autumn. Springtime welcome in the lambing at Watergate Farm, and the summer grass feeds and fattens the lambs ready for market.

All the sheep graze traditional permanent pasture much of it medieval “ridge and furrow” and all of it in the Higher Level Scheme operated by Natural England, meaning it is managed with low inputs, using no fertiliser or pesticides. Watergate Farm have sold for over 30 years their surplus breeding sheep to the Bicester and Thame Sheep Fair held annually each August.

You can find further information regarding Watergate Farm at this link.

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