Farmers Dave and Helen Camp and their family of Daynes Farm Nr Harberton, Totnes are opening their doors to the public on Fri 21st 5pm -7.30pm and Sat 22nd February 10am-12.00 noon, to see the newly born lambs and goat kids in the barn.
Dave and the vets will let everyone know all about looking after the stock on this organic farm, some of which is set within the protected landscape of South Devon AONB. Visitors may be lucky enough to see the kids or lambs being born. On Saturday at 11am there will be a farmland bird walk with AONB Project Officer Adam Davison.
Farmer Dave Camp commented “We’re keen to show people how we care for our stock here at Daynes and decided this would be an interesting opportunity to show the public how we farm. “
The organic farm comprises 800 acres in total across the South Hams. The farm has 340 ewes, rearing all the lambs and 30 nanny Boer meat goats, rearing all the youngstock. 70 cows are calved in March/April time and a further 70 in July/August. 220 sheep lamb in February/March time and 120 in April. All the goats kid in February. 20 acres of fodder beat is grown for the sheep and cattle to graze and 20 acres of Spring Barley which is fed to the cattle.
Some of the land is in a Countryside Stewardship agreement, grazing permanent pasture, leaving spring barley stubble for the rare Cirl Buntings, restoring and maintaining hedgerows and providing nectar sources for insects.
AONB Manager Roger English said “ 74% of the AONB is a farmed landscape and farmers like the Camps who enter into Stewardship agreements are integral to keeping it looking its best and play an important part in maintaining and improving biodiversity.” Lambing Live” gives the public hands on experience of this busy part of their farming calendar.”
Entry to the event is free. There will be soup and cake available to buy. Sorry no dogs are permitted at this event and it is not suitable for pregnant women.