On the farm at Hendwr, North Wales.
On this page we will keep you up to date with things happening on the farm throughout the agricultural year.
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Local Farmers market 1st Sunday of the Month – Rhug Estate
The beginning of the year started surprisingly mild. The Welsh Mountain Sheep have been brought down off the mountain for the next 3 months and the cattle are in their winter quarters.
We have started lambing here on the farm. The majority of the lambs are still in the barn but the stronger early lambs are enjoying some unseasonably mild weather. We’re all worried about the implications of the Schmallenburg Virus which has hit some farms in the East of the country. A real worry for sheep farmers at this time
Flat out lambing we hope the weather holds and we have enough hay and silage to see us through to the spring grass.
Lambing in full flow, most of the lambs now born just some of the stragglers still to come. Almost the end of late nights bottle feeding lambs.
Generally nice weather at this time of year – the ewes and their lambs can relax now and enjoy some fresh green pasture and a bit of sunshine on their back. The cows are taken up onto the Berwyns for grazing and we start closing off lower fields to the livestock now for fertilising.
Shearing starts this month. We use Arwyn Roberts (ex-world champion) who with his gang of shearers tour the world shearing farmers flocks. At this time of year he is on home turf back in Wales.
Start hay harvest on the farm. We like to have a spell of 3 days dry weather for cutting silage and an a week for making hay. The grass is cut and wilted then wrapped in black polythene to make big bale silage. It is cut and dried before being baled to make hay. The silage and hay are used as winter fodder for the livestock.
A chance to enjoy the nice summer weather. We are starting to bring some of the lambs down off the mountain to pick for the market – we are suppliers to Waitrose so need to make sure they are in tip top condition. We also start receiving the first straw deliveries which we buy in from arable farmers further east who have excess straw and no livestock.
If it has been a good summer we may get a second cut of hay if we are lucky. This is an old picture we found of haymaking on the farm, we think it could be John and David's great grandfather.
This is the month we generally put the Ram to the Ewes to make sure we start lambing when we want to. The Rams wear a raddle (or harness) with a coloured dye on it so if you have ever wondered why there are ewes with coloured backs at this time of year it is so the farmers can tell which sheep have been….. well say no more.
We bring the cattle into the shed for the winter around this time of year. Once it gets wet and cold (it does occasionally happen in North Wales!) the livestock start ruining (poaching) the grassland with their feet, they are also more susceptible to foot and joint problems if they are standing in muddy fields. We bring them into the nice warm sheds where they are bedded down on straw and fed from silage or hay harvested earlier in the summer.
We start scanning the ewes to see which ones are pregnant for early lambs, any that are carrying twins are kept separately and given higher feed rations. We keep an eye on the weather to check for any flooding or early snow, then it is business as usual with a few days off for carol singing, Christmas dinner and some New Years eve celebrations.
There has been a huge demand for new and used static caravans this year.
All of the caravans we managed to source this year have been sold within the first 4 weeks of us purchasing them. We are expecting 2022 to be similar. If you register your details with our office we will let you know when we have more caravans coming in for sale. if you have any particular requirements please let us know and we will do our utmost to find your perfect holiday home for you.
We have managed to obtain the following stock for 2022.
Willerby Brenig Malham - 2022 - 35ft x 12ft - 2 bedrooms - £POA *** 2 AVAILABLE***
Willerby Impression - 2022 - 35ft x 12ft - 2 bedrooms - £TBC *** 2 AVAILABLE***
ABI Saffron - 2022 - 38ft x 12ft - 2 bedrooms - £POA *** 2 AVAILABLE***
ABI Adelaide - 2021 - 36ft x 12ft - 2 bedrooms - £POA
ABI have taken the best parts of their holiday home range to bring you a bespoke abode which blends luxury with all the fun feels you need within a holiday accomodation. The main bedroom benefits from an en-suite shower room and there's a family shower room for everyone else. The kitchen boasts an integrated fridge/freezer and microwave with a full height coloured splashback and extractor to keep the air clear. With 2 seperate sofas and a footstool it's the ideal place to relax after your adventures and watch the sunset through the large picture windows as you enjoy a nice glass of wine.
Swift Snowdonia - 2022 - 2 bedrooms - £POA
The lounge is a relaxing, welcoming space with light, neutral furniture to make the most of the light streaming through the large windows. The kitchen has a 4 ring gas hob, integrated fridge/freezer and extractor fan. There's a lovely en-suite bathroom and the 2nd bed in the twin room can store away under the other bed when it isn't needed.
Swift Margeaux - 38 x 12 - 2022 - 2 bedrooms - £POA
A high quality holiday home which is of exceptional value. It's open layout and bold colour scheme makes this abode a wonderful place to spend family holidays year on year.
Regal Kensington - 2015 - 2 bedrooms - £33,995 ***SOLD***
The Regal Kensington is situated on one of our new stream-side pitches, with light and large windows to make the most of the view and the sound of the stream. Styled beautifully for a modern, sophisticated feel with thick curtains, voiles, a dark oak dining table, well thought out kitchen, spacious shower room, 2 bedrooms and even an en-suite off the master bedroom this is an ideal family holiday home.
Regal Windsor - 2 bedrooms - £34,995 - NEW IN 2013 but NEVER USED ***SOLD***
Would cost over £45,000 today.
Full manufacturers warranty for internals.
This is a different kind of offering for those who like everything new and shiny. A Holiday home that, although built in 2013, has never been used. Everything inside is brand new and comes with a manufacturers warranty. With French windows that open onto one of our new stream-side pitches with the Afon Llynor trickling outside, this Caravan has a clean new feel throughout and a very relaxing atmosphere.
ABI Allerton - 2007 - 38ft x 12ft - 2 bedrooms - £24,995 ***SOLD***
The Allerton is a lovely Holiday Home. The living room faces the trickling stream and the furniture is non fixed so you can configure it your way to make the most of the stream side pitch and the large windows The living area of this lovely Holiday Home has non-fixed sofas (1 x 2 seater and 1 x 3 seater) so that you can configure things your way. There are 2 bedrooms with shared Jack and Gill en-suite and also a spacious main shower room. The perfect holiday home in a beautiful setting.
Brand New Static Caravans For Sale
Willerby Brenig - 2021 - 35ft x 12ft - 2 bedrooms - £33,995 *** BOTH SOLD ***
Willerby Linwood - 2021 - 32ft x 12ft - 2 bedrooms - £TBC ***SOLD***
ABI Adelaide - 2021 - 36ft x 12ft - 2 bedrooms - £33,500 ***SOLD***
Brand new in 2021, this modern holiday home can be configured to suit your own mood. The 2 free standing sofas mean you can enjoy your holiday home YOUR way to make the most of the bay window. If you want to make yourself extra comfy you can use the 4 scatter cushions to prop you up and put your feet up on the footstool. The dining area has a freestanding table, 4 chairs and 2 extra drum stools for those special meals. There is an integrated fridge-freezer and microwave in the kitchen along with extractor and a full height splashback. The shower room is modern and spacious, although the main bedroom has it's own en-suite that works really well for getting ready away from any other guests. The main suite is a lovely private space, as is the second bedroom, with twin beds.