Croeso (a warm Welsh welcome), Hamish!

….born at 02:25 after an impressively short labour of 25 minutes, to Tony’s little sister Julie & husband Stuart Gamble (& not forgetting Big Sister Rosie!) out in Brunei – we’re very much looking forward to meeting our handsome new nephew.  Congratulations to the proud parents with love from all of us here on the ‘Funny Ffarm’.  xxxx 

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The LittleFfarm Dairy Team: Jo - Goat farmer & Gelatiere Artigianale, plus General Dogsbody; Tony - Airline Pilot & part-time Herd Manager, Product Taster, Accounts Secretary, Handyman etc!
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2 Responses to Croeso (a warm Welsh welcome), Hamish!

  1. Richard says:

    My brother-in-law was born in Brunei, and I can tell you he has a very impressive birth certificate (an enormous scroll all written in arabic). That was 21 years ago, so I don’t know if they still do them like that.
    Congrats to the family!

  2. LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    Hi Richard –

    thank you for your congratulations, we’re all so very proud! I’m not sure about the birth certificate (sounds great though!), I’ll have to ask little Hamish (or his mum if they return before he’s old enough to enlighten us!).

    Love your site BTW, I’d like to fix a link to you if you don’t mind as you’ve included so much interesting info for aspiring smallholders everywhere – it’s a great read.

    Good luck with the impending lambing – lots of sleepless nights for us all, no doubt?! My latest article, published in March’s “Smallholder” mag, chronicles the birth of our very first lambs & kids here on the Ffarm last year….hope it doesn’t put you off!! And we’ve even more to come in 2008 with about double the number of pregnancies – I just hope they’re all as quick & easy as little Hamish’s arrival into the Big Wide World.

    Although, of course, that’s only where the fun begins….!!

    Incidentally I know it might sound daft but if your lambing shed isn’t too far from the house I’d add a baby monitor to the comprehensive Lambing Kit list you’ve put on your Blog. We’ve got two – one in the Kidding Shed & one in the Lambing Shed – you’d be surprised at just how far the signal reaches. For the £50 we paid it has the added advantage that I can even use it to chat to Tony if he’s working in either shed as it has an intercom feature….or for telling off cheeky kids or lambs when I can hear them getting naughty….!! However both have proved priceless in terms of giving us a few extra restful nights’ sleep at this time of year; you get to hear the ‘classic muttering’ & can be out there & on hand like a shot, rather than either keeping vigil or up to check your flock every couple of hours – & more often than not, missing something anyway. I can recommend a make/model if you’re interested as we researched the subject thoroughly before purchasing ours.

    The other more general ‘must have’ item for which we’re thankful to our friends & mentors at Monach & which we always keep handy in the medicine cupboard these days, is a tub of potassium permanganate crystals as they are superb for helping stem heavy bleeds – whether for something like a goat bumping off a horn bud or for Tony bumping his thumb whilst doing DIY! Ask at your local chemist.

    Oh yes & don’t forget foot spray so you can give your ewes a welcome pedicure after the birth – & several different coloured sprays as nail varnish – only joking (I dare not say kidding in case I tempt fate!), they are really handy for miscellaneous post-treatment identification purposes. Milk powder? When we needed some last year we had a panic as everywhere had sold out; but that could be to do with the preponderence of sheep flocks in the locality. I’ll check our medical kit & let you know if I can think of anything else which might be of assistance but it sounds as if – like us – you’ve cleared the shelves of your local Farmers’ Co-Op to be on the safe side (don’t worry, that missing ‘whatever’ will only come to light when you most need it)!

    Something which might sound daft but I promise is crucial, is KNOW EXACTLY WHERE EVERYTHING IS LOCATED in your kit. Might sound daft but I speak from experience when we briefly mislaid the obstetric gel last year!

    Having read your Blog I wholeheartedly agree with your frustration about the new tagging rules, I’ve had a couple of rants on the subject already & will doubtless have more once I’ve had time to peruse the latest weighty tome in detail (not least because of the extra crippling expense to farmers – especially when they bring in EID tagging….!). But the pain & distress it causes to livestock – especially if they inadvertently tear an ear – is the most upsetting thing. To be honest I think even if only with one tag, the earlier it can be done the better; both for swifter identification purposes when managing a flock of 10+ ewes/goats; & for stress reduction although of course we wouldn’t advocate the use of button tags in small ungulates under a year old. Ooerr, I feel another rant coming on….quick! Pull me down off that soap box….!!

    Best wishes to you all over in sunny Shropshire –

    Jo, Tony & FfF menagerie.

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