Beechenhill Farm - Sheep Farming
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Sheep Farming

Although not particularly profitable, sheep are important to the organic system at Beechenhill.
 
Why keep sheep? Sheep are particularly useful for keeping the land in good order as they eat neatly and enjoy Ragwort, a problematic weed. The organic lamb produced is delicious to eat!
 
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winter barn tagging shearing summer butcher tupping wool
 
WINTER
 
Doris and all the other sheep live outside all year round. If it snows they are given hay and special sheep food. Hay is dried grass and their food is made of organic maize, wheat, oats, linseed and molasses (like treacle).

A female sheep is called a ewe, a male sheep is called a ram or a tup. If the weather is cold and wet at lambing time, Doris comes inside a shed to have her lambs. Ewes can have one, two or three lambs. They feed their lambs with their milk.

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The Lamb has a tag like an earring put in its ear. This is to make sure that everyone knows where the lamb was born.

In June each year to adult sheep are sheared. Each sheep has its heavy wool cut off. This makes the sheep feel more comfortable, and the farmer can sell the wool. Wool is sold to businesses and used to make clothes and carpets.
 
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The wool that is sheared from a sheep is called a fleece. One fleece is enough wool to knit three jumpers. Wool is spun into thread and is used to make fabric and carpets. Farmers do not get much money for wool anymore because most people buy carpets and clothes made from syntetic fibres like microfibre, polyester, nylon, viscose and lycra, instead of wool. Some new uses for wool are for luxury pillows, mattresses and house insulation.
 
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SUMMER
 
The lamb spends the summer eating grass and growing. When it is nearly fully grown it is taken to the butcher.
 
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The butcher cuts up the lamb meat for people to buy. The sheepskin is sometimes made into slippers, coats or rugs.
November the ram makes the ewes pregnant. The ewe is pregnant for five months.
 
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