Welcome to the changing seasons and happening on the Wester Kittochside Farm, East Kilbride.

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Silage matters and lamb weaning

The lambs have all now been weaned to give the ewes a rest before tupping time in November.

This year there has been a good silage harvest, with a yield that will sustain our livestock throughout the year and especially throughout the winter months.

Country Fair - June 2019

Animal antics, an animal circus, country crafts and rural games took place at the Country Fair on Sunday 2 June 2019. See more of the action over on the Country Fair Flickr album.

Images © Ruth Armstrong

Meet Angus - April 2019

We're delighted to announce the arrival of Angus who arrived over the Easter weekend. He was named by a young visitor who saw him being born.  Here is Angus with his mother Kittochside Candys Admiral GP82 or Candy for short.

New arrivals - April 2019

New arrivals and familiar faces on the Wester Kittochside Farm ahead of our Spring into Easter weekend.

New calf arrival.

Two-day old Black Face sheep twins.

Sooty the resident farm cat.

Tamworth pig relaxing in the spring sunshine.

New arrivals and ewes in the lambing shed.

Lambing season - April 2019

Our sheep have started lambing. Contact with sheep during lambing time can pose a health risk to pregnant women. If you are pregnant, or suspect you might be, please read the following NHS guidelines before visiting the Museum.

Spring flowers in bloom - February 2019

Our crocuses and snowdrops and daffodils are blooming up at the farmhouse garden. Its a short walk from the museum to the working farm.

Firstborn

The first of our calves arrived on Saturday 16 February and we are expecting many more. Visit her in the small byre up at the farmyard.

Tamworths playing pig Kerplunk

As part of our Future Farms event at the beginning of the month, our Tamworth pigs had a great time playing with some toys that were specially made for them.

They demonstrated great enthusiasm with investigative play with pig Kerplunk, a game developed by the research project Carnevale which explores how pigs like to play.

Find out more about our resident Tamworth pigs https://www.nms.ac.uk/tamworthpig

Firstborn calves - February 2019

The first of our calves arrived on Saturday 16 February and we are expecting many more. Visit her in the small byre up at the farmyard.

Sheep scanning - January 2019

Sheep scanning

We will be scanning our sheep to find out how many are pregnant and if they are carrying singles, twins or even triplets. This will happen up at the farm on Tuesday 15 January, from 10:00.

Top Tups - November 2018

As its November our ewes are on the lookout for a for a handsome tup (ram). Our four tups are currently in the fields to mate with our 100+ ewes.

After the first week, the tups wear a keel marker on their chest which leaves a mark on the ewe when mated. The colour in the keel is different each week, the first week no colour, blue the second and third red and so on. This way we know which ewes have been mated and can be fairly accurate when are lambs are due.

The tups are in with the ewes for about four weeks,  but with that many ewes thereʼs not much romance involved - itʼs hard work for them! The tups are then taken out to have a well-earned rest for eleven months.

A ewe's gestation period is five months so the tupping is carefully planned for the new lambs to be born in the spring. In January we scan the pregnant ewes to see how many we can expect and alter feed requirements for those expecting multiple lambs to make sure they receive supplementary nutrition.

Header image: New lambs on the Wester Kittochside Farm at the National Museum of Rural Life.

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Annual Pass
Pay once and visit all year with the National Museum of Rural Life Annual Pass. Some events attract a small supplement.

Adult £8
Concession £7*
Child £5.50 (under 5 free) 
Family (2 adults, 2 children) £23
National Museums Scotland Members free 
National Trust for Scotland Members free (additional charge for some events)

* 60+, students with valid NUS or Young Scot card, unemployed with ID, disabled people. Carers of disabled people free.

Discounts available for group bookings and those travelling by bicycle.

School visits are free; some workshop charges apply.

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National Museum of Rural Life
Wester Kittochside
Philipshill Road,
East Kilbride,
G76 9HR

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