Thankfully lambing was not due to start until at least the end of the first week in April; and this is why Haddon Home Farm has not suffered the livestock losses experienced by some other upland farms due to the heavy snow and drifting in the Peak District before Easter.
Lambs have been smaller this year. Gareth, the farm manager, puts this down partly to lower quality silage from last year’s colder, wet summer, despite supplemental feeding with home-produced corn and bought-in organic feed. The silver lining, of course, is that lambing has been easier with less birthing problems.
More triplets have been born this year. This sounds good, but in reality there is often one lamb which is rejected by the mother, usually the weakest. Jayne, the Haddon head gardener, has adopted Daisy, and Alison, a volunteer gardener, who has just completed a lambing course, may take another two for her paddock. Gareth has also managed to find homes for a couple of other rejected lambs.
(You can follow the progress of Daisy on our Twitter feed!)