News from the farm

Seasonal news and updates from our historic working farm at the National Museum of Rural Life.

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Georgina the Clydesdale

Meet the latest addition to the farm our beautiful Clydesdale foal - Georgina and she was born on 1st June. We are pleased to confirm that Georgina is developing well - trotting around the field, picking up all her feet and leading on a halter.

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A sunny Wester Kittochside farm

We've all been enjoying the lovely spring weather this year, including our new lambs and Tamworth pigs.

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Ayrshire twins

The new arrivals on the farm keep on coming and Candy's Prodigy had twins; Mark and Candy's Magic, at the end of May. Our Tamworth sow is also expecting piglets sometime in July.

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Behind the scenes work in the fields continues. The manure has been spread and the fields have now been ploughed and reseeded. We will be cutting our first silage soon but are waiting for some rain so the crop can grow and harrowing has started too.

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Bees are buzzing

🐝Our beekeeper continues to care for our resident honey bees and our site manager has tried her hand at bee keeping also. Our solitary bees are thriving in their dedicated bee box. We have bumble bees nesting in a their own dedicated nesting box too.

Springtime arrivals

Lambing began in March 2020 and we have had a bumper season with almost 180 lambs born so far. Calving also continues, with Aberdeen Angus cross calves April and Avril arriving on 8 and 14 April 2020.

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Newborn twins

On Mother's Day a pair of Black Faced sheep twins arrived on the farm and we're happy to report that both mother ewe and lambs are doing well.

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Calving season

New calves have been arriving on the Wester Kittochside Farm. Here is one of our first Ayrshire calves born in January 2020.

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Header image: View from the museum during a lockdown spring at the National Museum of Rural Life.

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