There was a beautiful weekend for the flock competition this year with James Draper of Claybury kindly taking some time out to judge. We were pleased with how the stock looked and will wait and see. Archie (Arkle Pacific Star) is suffering from an injury sustained as a result of being chased by some labradors from the village so is not looking his best. We just hope he recovers for the autumn. We've had two problems with dogs this year as one of our gimmers has also lost the use of her leg after a mauling.
We completed spray dipping with Clik the same weekend and split the group of shearling rams to give some of the smaller ones a chance - we find this helps as in a group of 50 you'll tend to get a few dominating and keeping some of the less bulky ones back from the feed. We've now started increasing the shearlings' feed and they've now had their first taste of coarse mix. We've got two absolutely belting twins (a maternal brother of which may be off to the sales this Autumn) in the group and it will be good to see how they turn out for the NSA on the 20th September.
Freya and I also did some wedding preparation - it's really not long now! Hopefully she won't mind the world tour of texel sheep farms I've got lined up for our honeymoon... It was also a good time to enjoy the Brecon Beacons and we had some good late evening walks and did a little rowing on the lake.
Speaking of rowing next weekend we'll be weaning some of the lambs if we get to Henley Royal Regatta on Friday (rain permitting). They'll start to have some feed for the shows and we also have entered three ram lambs for the Welsh National sale in Welshpool 27th - 28th August. We're not planning to sell any ewes there this year breaking our run of prizes! Once we have the sale and show sheep picked out I'll try to get some pictures of them to put up.