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By Suffolk Sheep Society 10th September, 2014

The First Glimpse of Autumn Sept 2014

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  Early Autumn is the time to take stock of the flock! Take a good hard look at the ewe flock – any that have had problems lambing, or rearing their lambs should probably leave the flock. Select ewe lambs that you’d like to keep as replacements, and which lambs should now go off to fill your freezer!  

For inspiration on how to create a productive & profitable flock, see our DVD Sheep for Business, Enterprise & Profit”. The DVD includes the following modules:

- Raising sheep for meat
- Raising sheep for wool
- Sheepskins & lambskins
- The dairy flock
- Pedigree breeding & showing
- Marketing your products
- Community Supported Agriculture

  sheep for business enterprise and profit DVD
sheep for business enterprise and profit
horse   5 things to remember
...sheep breeds for milking
1 Friesland (Dutch)
1 British Milk Sheep (British)
1 Poll & Horn Dorset (British)
1 Lacaune (French)
1 Zwartbles (Dutch)
For further information on milking sheep, and to see an interview with a top sheeps cheese maker, see 'Sheep for Business, Enterprise and Profit' - programme 4 in our DVD series 'Sheep on Your Smallholding'.

things to do on your smallholding this month

As Summer turns to Autumn, we need to adjust our daily livestock routines and think about making the most of the garden harvest – refer to our handy guides for ideas, advice and seasonal tips. Here are a few:

  • Monitor lambs’ growth by Condition Scoring and, if possible, weighing.  When selecting for slaughter, aim for a ‘liveweight’ of 42kg to make an 18kg carcase (for lowland/commercial breeds).
  • To help your hens recover as quickly as possible after the moult, add a little Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to the hen’s water as a ‘tonic’ and to aid digestion.
  • In hot weather, make sure your pigs have shade at all times – a hot pig is not a happy pig!
  • Squashes & Pumpkins – again, the hot summer has been wonderful for all the squashes, and we’re looking forward to a bumper crop of delicious Butternut Squash! Once the foliage has died back, cut the fruits and leave on racks for the skins to dry.
  • Don’t be tempted to over-rug your horse as the weather gets cooler, especially unclipped horses or native ponies that may sweat under a rug which can then lead to chilling.

Keep up with all your smallholding tasks with our comprehensive guides to sheep, chickens, pigs ,the vegetable garden and equines. Just click on an image below.

Things to do This Month
Sheep Things to do This Month
Chickens Things to do This Month
Pigs Things to do This Month
Vegetable Garden Things to do This Month
Things to do Equines
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autumn recipes

September brings the chill of Autumn and the intoxicating hedgerow smells of damsons, blackberries and ripening crab apples.

So great has been the fruit harvest this year, that it’s going to be a struggle to get everything picked and processed at the peak of condition – so we’ve included some recipes to inspire you to make the best of the Autumn bounty:


Damson & Port Wine Jelly

Apple & Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Wine

Damson Vodka


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