Thursday, 3 December 2015


Something funny from the summer...the lambs playing games by the gate!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Farm Update

So last week the rams went out which means that lambing is just a few months away now which is very exciting for us. We will start lambing in April through til the end June time. Alongside this a lot of our sheep are going out on grass keep to other farms for the winter so our fields are looking a little sheepless but this means our grass can replenish itself ready for their return.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

A Busy Day

An exciting day for us.....the rams are going out to play which means that lambing is just a few months away!!!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

These photos were taken (on the farm) by a Polish TV company taking footage for a forthcoming show involving lamb promotion in Poland. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board arranged the meeting and these stunning images were taken. For more information about the AHDB please visit: beefandlamb.ahdb.org.uk.



Thursday, 22 October 2015

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Just some of the sheep ready for going out on grass keep to another farm!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Admittedly not the best quality photo but we had to share this amazing sight......a stunning barn owl out on the prowl this week at the top of the farm track!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

New boy on the block!

This is our new Longhorn bull who is a very handsome chap. He will shortly join the rest of the Longhorn herd down in the water meadows at Arne.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Calving time

Check out this little calf born on the farm in the past few weeks!
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Monday, 24 August 2015

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Despite the drizzly weather we have had so far this week, Piglet the sheep dog managed to enjoy some fun time on his walk! Don't forget, if you are camping here today we are shearing so pop your head over the gate!


Thursday, 6 August 2015

Another Day....Another Farm Cat!

We have a new addition that has arrived on the farm in the last few weeks and we have named her Lunar. She is only a young cat, we think approximately 5-6 months old and she just turned up one day and stayed. Edie Puss and Lunar took a little while to get used to each other but now get along just fine! Edie Puss has been catching mice for her and leaving them as a present in her food bowl!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Meet Edie Puss

Meet Edie Puss our resident farm cat. He can be found hunting around the farm or preening himself. He is a Norwegian Maine Coon cat which explains why he is the size of a small dog! He is very friendly and loves to be stroked. His owner lives just a couple of miles down the road but Edie Puss decided he rather preferred being a farm cat.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Camping This Weekend

Thinking of what to do this weekend? Why not come and camp with us here at Steeple Leaze Farm Campsite. Spaces available, simply turn up and pitch up!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

SHOWERS AVAILABLE

News Flash.......We now have 3 showers installed at the campsite which are situated just before the bottom camping field. They have been up and running for a week now and have proved a great welcome to the campers who have been here this week!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Where has the sun gone!

The weather has been unusual for this time of year with rain, cloud and feeling generally very muggy. This cannot stop work however and we have been busy moving sheep and cattle this week.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Campsite

With the weather set to be nice this weekend why not head down to the campsite for some peace and tranquillity.

Simply turn up and pitch up!

There are so many places to visit such as the rocky coastline that is Kimmeridge, the Saxon walled town of Wareham or even just enjoy the numerous walks around here.

Camp fires allowed!

Summer Sunshine

Well we have had some glorious weather here in the Purbecks with yesterday being one of the hottest days in the UK on record but today is a different story with a constant tirade of rain falling all day. Despite the rain it has certainly made the grass and trees flourish. We are still in the throws of silaging as will be a lot of farms in the area as well as the continuous sheep work.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Silage Time

A lot of the grass has been cut here ready to make silage for the animals during the winter months. The grass is mowed and then picked up by the baler which in turn produces bales of silage. These bales are then picked up by tractor and trailer and stacked at the farm ready for winter.




Thursday, 11 June 2015

Red Sky At Night.......Shepherds Delight

Ok..... so the sky here is not quite red but looks incredible. I took this on an evening stroll walking up the farm track looking out towards Tyneham.

Mentioning Tyneham follow this link for the Lulworth and Tyneham range access opening times to the public: Lulworth Range Access

The start of summer!

Well we are now in June and the first official day of summer (21st June) is well on its way. A majority of the pet lambs we have reared have now gone out to new pastures and are beginning to flourish.

The summer is a busy time of year on a farm as we are now silaging, mowing, rolling and continue to look after the new lambs that have been born as well as the sheep and cows.

The campsite is fully open and with a predicted hot weather weekend coming up why not come and pitch up and enjoy the tranquillity here at Steeple Leaze Farm.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Micro Climate

It was certainly a busy bank holiday with campers and lambs everywhere! We were fortunate to have a couple of days good weather with holiday makers descending onto the Purbecks and enjoying all the fantastic things about Dorset!

The campsite was well and truly full up and so were our lambing pens. We are definitely nearing the end of lambing for this year and it has flown past. To think we started our very first batch of lambing in February the months have gone so quickly and the lambs have got so big!

The photo below is on a somewhat autumnal day with sunshine and sea mist creeping over the farm on bank holiday weekend. We tend to have a micro climate in this neck of the woods with days where the sea mist does not pass or brilliant sunshine.....a few miles down the road it could be raining!

  

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Fields of lambs

Yes you've all guessed it, we are still lambing and it is going great! The weather has certainly picked up which has helped and we are nearly on the home stretch.

We are dedicated to producing good quality lambs here at the farm and a lot of hard work and effort goes into each lambing and sheep production throughout the year.

Check out the photo below of a new lamb born just this week hiding behind her mother!

Bank Holiday Fun

Hello all

The bank holiday is nearly here hurrah, why not come on down to the farm and camp out. We allow small camp fires, its a great atmosphere and the weather is meant to be great (don't hold us to that). The alpacas are back at the farm again in the top fields and we are still lambing!

Camping is on a first come first serve basis, simply turn up and pitch up!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Baa Baa Baa

We are most definitely in full swing of second phase May lambing and so far so good. We currently lamb the triplets indoors and the singles and twins are outside. Until today, the weather has most definitely been on our side with warmer days. Today it is raining at the farm which means a few wet lambs out in the fields.

The neighbouring fields are beginning to flourish with Oil Seed Rape and our February lambs are growing at a rate of knots.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Lambing Time

Hello again after a busy start to the April lambing season. We have had great success so far with plenty of triplets, twins and pure breeds being born which has been an absolute delight to see. The lambs are out in the fields with their mothers enjoying the beautiful sunshine we have had and eating our plush grasses.

We have some orphan lambs who are being fed twice a day, pictures to follow!

The second phase of lambing starts in just a few days time and we are bracing ourselves for more lambs being born.

The good weather has meant camping season has started with a busy bank holiday weekend, despite being somewhat windy here in the Purbecks.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Growth and Times Ahead

The busy season has approached the farm already with spraying, fertilising and shearing all happening. The shearers have their work cut out to shear the fast approaching April and May lambers and have a shiny new shearing trailer to work on.

We have had one sheep lamb early producing triplets which are all doing really well.

The calving has picked up great momentum with only 20 cows left to calve now and we have had some great success with some very strong and healthy calves being born
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The existing sheep and lambs are coming along very well as you can see in the picture below.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Friday, 13 March 2015

Busy times afoot

The first group of lambing has completed and we have started calving this month. So far we have had 25 calves born and are about a quarter of the way through. The calves that have been born so far are Limousin X's and are absolutely stunning. As we move through this month towards April we begin to think about our April and May lambers which will be nearly 3,000 sheep all waiting to give birth which is a phenomenal amount. Despite the busy times that surround lambing and calving it is one of the most rewarding times of year for us.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Lambs and Calves this month

After a busy couple of weeks we are waiting for our last 4 sheep to lamb and then lambing will be completed until April time. The lambing shed has been full of strong lambs and most have been taken out into the fields now with their mothers. Across the board lambing is such an important time of year for us and their is so much work and effort put in to lambing from tupping right through to when the lamb is born and thereafter. Should you visit our campsite in the summer you will be able to see the lambs skipping around the fields!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Over half way through

We are over half way through lambing at the moment and are reaping the rewards of careful sheep management with some very strong lambs being born. The lovely dry weather we have been encountering has enabled us to take out the ewes and lambs into the luscious grass fields. The barn is still half full of ewes waiting to give birth and we predict in the next 10 days this first group of lambing will be completed......we then start it all again in April with over 3,000 to lamb!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Lambing Update

Lambing has been very successful so far with some very strong and healthy lambs being born. We have singles, twins and triplets all being born or waiting to meet the world. Some sheep that have lambed already have headed on out with their new babies into the plush fields near the farm where they are thriving. Below is a picture of a ewe and her baby looking very comfortable in the barn.


Friday, 6 February 2015

Lodger for the Night

This little lamb had to come into the warm last night. He was born as one of a set of triplets but he became cold and needed some warmth and looking after. Once he had warmed up and had some colostrum (the first milk taken from the mother) he was looking a lot stronger and woke me up this morning baaing very loudly. He is now back in the barn.

Mondays Snow

A wonderful sight on Monday.....Snow...here on the farm;

Lambing Has Begun!

What a week we have had here at Steeple Leaze Farm. Lambing has begun which is such exciting news for us here at the farm. Our first twins were born on Saturday, born to a pure Dorset ewe and since that point we have had triplets and twins born every day. This really is the sign of what is yet to come over the coming months here on the farm.



As well as lambing we are also calving at the end of February.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Capturing the moment

This picture taken on an early morning walk in the Purbecks really reflects on the cold, wet and frosty weather we have encountered here in the Purbecks this week. Despite this it has been another busy week on the farm and countdown really begins now with lambing next month, The sheep that are in lamb are beginning to show signs of being ready to give birth soon and we will soon hear lots of baaing all over the farm!


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Will the weather affect lambing?

Well it is just less than 3 weeks before we expect to see the first signs of new life on the farm with our lambing season. I have already seen some little lambs in neighbouring fields and cannot believe how quickly it has come around again. The weather has been somewhat 'Jekyll and Hyde' this week with high rain fall and hail storms. I took this photo this morning on a walk out to look at our stunning Highlander sheep and in the distance you can see a large rain cloud forming heading towards the farm. The ewes did not look too impressed!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Beautiful Views Whilst You Walk......For Free!

This is such a stunning place to view the entirity of the Purbecks. I took this picture at Grange Arch which gives an amazing 360 degree view of the Purbecks and in particular a great view of our farm. This walk will take you towards Corfe Castle and is definitely worth doing!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Thursday, 8 January 2015

An Evening Stroll...

I took these photos just recently on an evening walk around the Purbecks. There really are some amazing views along the Jurassic coast....

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Steeple Leaze Farm! It was a positive year for the farm in 2014 for lambing and calving and we hope this will continue forward in 2015. We have already had some fantasic news when 120 of our sheep were scanned (checking if they are in lamb) which gave us a positive result. The lambing season has come around so quickly again and we begin again next month. Sheep are pregnancy tested in a similar way to us humans, it was incredible to see the small fetus' appear on the screen, with the scanning man shouting twins, triplets and singles at us!