The next time I grumble about getting up at 2am to bottle feed a lamb, you have permission to kick me. Yesterday one of my bottle fed Bowmont babies managed to melt the heart of Deborah Meaden, something many of those quaking in their boots in front of her in the Dragons’ Den must long to do!
Obviously my bottle baby is well used to human touch and when Deborah picked her up, she obligingly snuggled into her arms, turned her little face to stare admiringly into Deborah’s eyes and nuzzled into her neck preparing to go to sleep. It was the best “Ahhhh!” moment possible and did I get my camera out? What do you think?? Anyway, this pic, taken a moment later when the lamb’s weight meant she HAD to go back on the floor, shows the lamby tugging at my coat behind me. Clearly a sheep with “nouse” as my Granny would have said. She has a great future!
Deborah and the BBC were here to record part of an episode of “On Your Farm”, the Radio 4 equivalent to Countryfile. It goes out at 6.30am on Sunday mornings and gets over one million listeners apparently. This particular episode is due to be aired on 8th July. The first half is all about Fox Brothers at Wellington, the great textile mill producing beautiful classic cloth for Savile Row and other high-end users. The 2nd half is about the sheep equivalent, ie my Bowmont Merinos producing Superfine Merino wool right here in the UK for commercial use. (My wool all goes to Finisterre at the moment as many of you will know.)
We talked a good deal about wool in general and the revival of interest in it particularly at the top end. I also talked about The Campaign For Wool and the Wool Marketing Board - both key players in this renewed interest. Most of what I said will no doubt end up binned but I hope I explained clearly what we do here and why we believe so passionately in the future of wool. It’s sustainable – the ultimate truly Green fibre. What more does anyone need to say?
After a lovely relaxed lunch, Deborah went off to return to the real world of business and I went back to my sheep and goats. Two Cashmeres had managed to add to the day by giving birth, fortunately just before everyone arrived! They were cared for while I was busy by Becky, my helper for the day so I had no worries. But reality is always close at hand on a livestock farm and soon I was back to shovelling muck, feeding, watering, comforting, cajoling and last night, bringing in 200 goats from torrential rain and mud. Five minutes of fame on a Radio programme is precisely that and I shall not be letting it go to my head!! Somehow I feel that’s something that Deborah and myself have in common with my little lamb.