A lamb born on on the most southerly farm in the country, at Tregullas Farm on the Lizard surprised National Trust tenant farmers with an early arrival.
Due in April, on April fools day in fact, the lamb is a Lleyn Cross ewe lamb, its mother was a crossbred two year old Shearling and its father a pure Lleyn.
Rona Amiss, tenant farmer at Tregullas said: ‘We have these types of sheep because they are fed just grass and sometimes a small amount of silage and are perfect for lambing outside with little assistance. This means that all our fat lambs are totally grass fed and never go inside which we feel is a sustainable way farming that suits the mild climate of the Lizard Peninsula. If we calve and lamb in April as the grass is growing at its best we can match the needs of the livestock without having to resort to bought in expensive feeds.’
‘Normally lambing beginson the 1st April, but like all best laid plans it often doesn’t quite work out that way. Back in October one lively ram escaped and walked round the cliff path to the opposite end of the farm and got in with the ewe!.
‘We have been at Tregullas for nearly four years now and spent a lot of time fencing to introduce more stock across the farm. Having a good rotation of stock and arable around the farm means we are increasing the opportunities for wild life to thrive. The sheep are part of the mixed farm jigsaw along with suckler cows and spring cereals all contributing to feed sources for our numerous birds especially the iconic Cornish Chough.
‘Tregullas farm plays an important part in the local community and we are proud that the local schools use the farm as an outdoor classroom. Over the year they visit to help with the lambing, go pond dipping, plant vegetables and harvest food to cook in school, all activities that inspire confidence in the children and develop important life skills.
‘We have now won two food awards for our lamb and we have really good feedback from our customers. I am sure its partly the fact they are slow grown at grass but i also think that the fact the grass is laden with salt every time the wind blows makes it extra special.’
Tregullas Farm, sitting on the tip of the Lizard, was acquired by the National Trust in the early 1990s.
The Trust has been very involved in this area of the Lizard for over 20 years and has carried out a number of access, landscape and nature conservation projects aimed at making Lizard Point area better for people and wildlife.
An estimated 200,000 people visit Lizard Point each year, all of whom will walk, cycle or drive past the farmhouse and through the farm to reach their destination, this iconic stretch of Cornish coast.
Justin Whitehouse, Head Ranger for the Lizard said: ‘Tregullas is a ‘flagship’ farm for the Trust, demonstrating that farming with high conservation standards can achieved in a profitable and sustainable way, benefiting wildlife, the community and visitors and producing quality local produce”.