The Smallholder

  • From Dawn to Dusk

    From Dawn to Dusk

    11th June 2019

    Count on your chickens being safe and secure with automatic shutting up Time! We all want more time; life is too fast, too demanding, technology speeds up our ability to get stuff done but in turn it increases the number…

  • Heart of England Spring Alpaca Fiesta 2019

    Heart of England Spring Alpaca Fiesta 2019

    6th June 2019

    296 alpacas have been entered into this year’s Heart of England Spring Alpaca Fiesta and Bozedown Alpacas is again among the entrants. There are plenty of classes which are judged under BAS rules. 2019 marks 30 years of breeding for…

  • Beginning with bees

    Beginning with bees

    6th June 2019

    Ever considered donning a veil, lighting a smoker and keeping some bees? You would not be alone. There has been a huge resurgence in beekeeping over the last few years and rightly so. The environmental benefits are widely known but…

  • Milk wants to be cheese

    Milk wants to be cheese

    18th April 2019

    Cheese is miracle food says Kitchen Newbie and making cheese is easy! Actually, stopping milk from making cheese is harder. The natural end point for milk is always cheese. It is a miracle food just for this reason, easy to…

  • Grow something different – Chilli Peppers

    Grow something different – Chilli Peppers

    18th April 2019

    Chilli peppers are most probably the most exciting and colourful productive plants you could possibly grow. They may be sold as young plants for the home gardener to grow on, or as mature plants adorned with fruit as instant patio…

  • Celebrating Smallholding UK

    Celebrating Smallholding UK

    16th April 2019

    Celebrating Smallholding UK (CSUK) is a hugely popular Facebook group with a difference. Not only does it provide advice, inspiration and support for all smallholders and wannabe smallholders but due to a very hands-on Admin Team and the group’s own…

  • How to get the best from your sheep shearing

    How to get the best from your sheep shearing

    15th April 2019

    How to get the best from your sheep shearing Strangely enough I’ve never sheared a sheep. At this point I’ve no doubt you’re pouring yourself another cup of coffee and muttering, “Well this should be enlightened then.” Also whilst I…

  • What do alpacas eat?

    What do alpacas eat?

    12th April 2019

    Alpacas are fairly straightforward stock to keep. Just make sure they have adequate food, supplements, clean water and shelter from extremes of weather. In March/ April, the Winter/ Spring crossover, we may still be coping with the frosts and snows…

  • Caring for Chicks

    Caring for Chicks

    12th April 2019

    I’m quite excited as I have my first electric hen after many years of hatching eggs. The mind boggles as to what this is but it turns out to be a heated square that can be rasied for chicks to…