Small Holder Series Newsletter

By Suffolk Sheep Society 4th December, 2014

December 2014 Newsletter

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The short days and thick mud can make the simplest of tasks a real chore in Winter. Look on the bright side though (or rather the 'frosty side') - after a night of freezing fog, you can awake to a beautful blue sky and a magical frost covered landscape. The British countryside can be a truly spectacular sight.

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A Guide to Sheep Butchery
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A Guide to Sheep Butchery

As it is the season of goodwill, we would like to offer our newsletter subscribers £2 off any Smallholder Series DVD ordered before Christmas.

Just enter TSSXMAS in the 'coupon code' box when placing your order.

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Remember to order by Wednesday 17th December for Christmas delivery!

  discount offer  


  5 things to remember
...Christmas gifts for smallholders
1 'Flock of Ages' hand knitted soft toy for the young smallholder
1 Subscription to Sheep Goats & Alpacas magazine
1 Black Diamond Icon Headlamp
1 Make your own cheese kit
1 Twist and Spout - convert a plastic bottle into a watering can
Of course your top gift for the smallholder you love would be one of our inspiring DVDs, available from our online shop. We thought we would include some extra ideas to help you with your Christmas shopping!

things to do on your smallholding this month

As we approach the shortest day of the year, there's still plenty to do on your smallholding.

  • Continue to be vigilant for signs of liver fluke with your sheep, especially if your sheep graze wet pastures
  • If you can divide your chicken run into two or more parts, this is the ideal time to ‘rest’ one section
  • Pigs will keep warm if they have a dry, deep straw bed, so make sure you have plenty of bedding ready for colder weather
  • Add as much well-rotted organic matter to unplanted areas of your vegetable plot as possible
  • The shorter days reduce time available to ride and exercise our horses on ‘work days’, so make sure they get plenty of turn-out time as well as finding ways to keep them supple and exercised

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
Smallholder Series DVDs


Article of the Month
Is a Turkey Just for Christmas?

Moredun Health Bulletin
Pneumonia in Sheep

Green Farm Diary
Life on the farm in November

NADIS Health Alert
Abortion in Cattle

Advice from World Horse Welfare
Occupying a stabled horse

Recipe of the Month
Roasted Sprout Gratin With Bacon-Cheese Sauce


Article of the month

recipe of the month
Article of the month


autumn recipes

Lots of recipes full of merriment and cheer for the Christmas season.

Roast Sirloin of Beef with Cinnamon Butter & Clementines


Christmas Baclava

Flaky Mushroom Pie with Ginger & Coriander Sauce

Roast Goose with Apples & Cider Gravy

Chocolate Truffles


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Rob Dunsford

Fantastic article - really enjoyed reading.

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