Don­ald’s Di­ary

Diarist Don­ald MacSween takes de­liv­ery of a new puppy, learns to shear his own sheep and cel­e­brates when Ness FC col­lects the Jock Stein Cup

Country Smallholding - - Inside This Month - By Don­ald MacSween

De­spite liv­ing in a usu­ally very wet cli­mate, I am go­ing to start with the same is­sue cur­rently rest of the UK’s be­ing dis­cussed by the far too dry. This res­i­dents — it has been chal­leng­ing has been one of the most which has years I have ex­pe­ri­enced, and projects re­sulted in plans chang­ing stage last year, be­ing dropped. By this batch of lambs I was hav­ing my first fin­ished, but com­ing close to be­ing that stage this they are nowhere near I had a batch of time around. Last year as our sea­sonal lambs fin­ished as soon but there is abat­toir opened in Au­gust, this year. no chance of that hap­pen­ing to be shelved Other plans have had ro­to­vated an too. I had ploughed and and I waited area for stub­ble turnips be fore­cast so and waited for rain to but it never that I could plant them, is so short came. Our grow­ing sea­son rains came that by the time suit­able go­ing to have a it was too late. It is all win­ter, too. I knock-on ef­fect for the of hay from the usu­ally buy in 4ft bales fod­der. Last year main­land for win­ter don’t even want to they were £49 each. I are go­ing to cost think about what they this win­ter. bùrach All of this, plus the on­go­ing has made me (mess) that is Brexit, in which I am re­con­sider the di­rec­tion I have big plans go­ing to take the croft. but you’re go­ing for the months ahead, more about that. to have to wait to hear

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