We have had another bumper Muscovy year. Our girls are wonderful mothers, we have to limit who gets to raise youngters.
This year one lady came off the nest with 20 (yes TWENTY) babies, and she raised all successfully
We have kept our Muscovies free range for years, the babies start in the byre for their safety, then out in protective custody, before ranging with the rest, with access to ponds, shut in at night.
We have a good selection for sale, will be keeping some, and processing a bunch to add to our freezer for eating over the coming year.
Feeding ourselves is one of the most important aspects of raising our livestock, sales help us to support our small farm, paying towards all those essential costs.
It looks like we not only have black and lavender youngsters but possibly 2 white ones too this year . will be keeping them to breed from next year.
It is a wonderful experience to be constantly surrounded by busy insect workers whereever we are on the farm. And this will just improve all the time with the added habitats we are creating every day.
A pal has been visiting and encouraging me to take more pictures of our bugs .. so have just uploaded an album of some of our insect friends on to our Facebook page
If you are immediately local you are very welcome to visit our farm
- at the farm gate is eggs, wild bird food, sweet treats and more
- at the farm we have lots of Jacob mutton in a wide variety of cuts
If you cannot get here, but can get to Oban on a Thursday afternoon we are part of the new Oban Food Assembly : you sign in, browse and buy from all the great local producers : and then come into the Rockfield centre at 4 pm on Thursday ..
! WANTED ! .. “Weeds”
For naturalising in newly planted copses
We planted over 1000 young trees this winter in different copses across our small farm (Kintaline) to increase habitat and want to underplant with perennials, bulbs, herbs, garden species and native to help encourage more wildlife. They can be vigorous as we have space and sheep to control the spread ! We have wet, dry, and in between conditions, sun, shade. So if you are “weeding” out ANYTHING please let get in touch Jill : 720223 Kintaline email@example.com (happy to pay or receive donations)
We are delighted to be part of the new Oban Food Assembly with produce from our small farm : free range eggs, Jacob Mutton .. and who knows what else ?
This is a very exciting new project, thanks to all who have been working so hard behind the scenes to make it work.
If you want to shop local – sign up to the Food Assembly, do your shopping online from all the producers … click, pay in one shopping cart, then come to Rockfield Centre, Oban, to collect your great local produce. https://thefoodassembly.com/en/assemblies/9358
Our Jacob sheep are very special to us, and spend a long long time with us. These ladies now have no teeth, and in their own paddock so can have a little special feed every day, and are doing extremely well. They have given us many twins and triplet lambs between them, and deserve their retirement. They are certainly not shy ! and their fleeces are still beautiful quality.