As i wrote in my last post, i knew it would be a busy few weeks. Then i had confirmation that the second Nidderdale Food Festival is to be held on Saturday the 27th October in Pately Bridge.
I attended the first one last year, sold lots of mutton, talked to lots and lots of people and had a great time. I am really looking forward to a repeat of last year, but it does mean even more work…
I need to order some new business cards, paper carrier bags and other sales paraphernalia. I have booked two more wethers in at the abattoir and have booked the butcher to cut them up. I will need a float of cash. need to sort out my card reader. So much to do, so little time!
Still, it will be a very good day i think, and there will be plenty to see and do: https://www.nidderdale.co.uk/event/nidderdale-food-and-drink-wellbeing-festival/
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It is a bit of a lull before the storm as far as work goes. There is little to do with the sheep this week and next, but after that:
- Bring mutton wethers from the moor because mutton season fast approaches
- Bring the ewes and lambs down from their moorland fields and separate them so the ewes can be flushed
- Buy in fodder (hay) for the winter
- Start building up the tups for their work
- Sell excess ewe lambs for breeding stock
- rebuild the walls in the in bye fields
- Tidy everything up for the upcoming sheep handling courses
Luckily, the mild and damp weather means that the grass is still growing and so they won’t need much feeding yet. It also means that the tups and ewes should be in very good condition for tupping meaning i should get a good crop of lambs next year and good deadweights for the muttons this year.
Deep breath whilst i can!
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