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Blogs | Mar 2024

March update from Jamie’s Farm Skipton

Hyndburn Academy and Co-op Academies Oakwood, Grange and Priesthorpe took us into Easter in true Jamie’s Farm Skipton style – cracking on with a multitude of jobs despite the cold, wet weather!

Plenty of our visiting young people also got stick into lambing fearlessly, delivering singles, twins and even triplets. We explored a new hike route around the stunning Bolton Abbey with Co-op Academy Priesthorpe and Oakwood, spending time in the woods and on the beautiful little sandy beach in front of the 12th century Priory ruins.

We are just emerging from an incredibly busy lambing period here at Skipton, where an average of 70 ewes were lambing every day! A huge thank you goes out to our farming team, and everyone else who helped out with this – we couldn’t have done it without you. We have 100 ewes still to go, due in early April, which should hopefully be a more manageable affair.

The team have spent time during our ‘team week’ to survey our many kilometres of hedgerow – with the aim of replacing and repairing any wind – or deer-damaged plants, but have been relieved to find hardly any in need of our attention. We can’t wait to see the change in our hedges as the months go by.

Our two pigs have settled well into their new woodland home and have been happily rooting around and exploring the area – only escaping once!

Our Farm Manager, Mark, is over the moon after his flock of Texels sold incredibly well at market. He even got numerous mentions in the market report. We are all proud of the high standards at our farms, so it’s lovely to hear such praise.