We have wanted some pedigree sheep for a while, something the Children can take pride in and possibly take to some local shows.
Trying the find Pedigree Organic lambs has been an absolute nightmare but we finally tracked some down in Mid Wales, so on Sunday Fred (7-year-old son) and I set off in the lorry, we took my father, always good to get an experienced eye and he loves a road trip in the lorry so off we set.
The leaves are turning now as Autumn sets in and we remarked many times that we have never seen such amazing colours.
We went to Hangingheld Farm to see Nell and Hamish Wilson and their lovely family, Fred was particularly taken not by the sheep but by the Hoglets (baby Hedgehogs) in the kitchen and the boys motorbikes.!!
Hangingheld farm is home to the amazing charity Degmo, have a look at www.degmo.org for a better understanding of what they do.
In essence Degmo is a traditional Somali tented village set up in the middle of the Welsh countryside to promote understanding of Somali culture and history. Somali families and groups get hands on experience of British farming, milking goats, handling sheep and cows and in turn learn about their own agricultural and nomadic culture and rich heritage. It's an amazing place and we were delighted to be able to buy some lovely Shearling lambs from them.
We got home in the dark last night but turned them out with our horses so they were isolated from our own stock for a few days, we'll flush them on some herb rich grass for a week possibly two and then put a pedigree Lleyn ram with them, fingers crossed in April we will have the start of our own Pedigree Neville Farm flock.