Every June or July we shear the sheep to keep them cool during the warmer months. Sheep wool constantly grows (a bit like the hair on a human head does) and has been used for hundreds of years to make clothing, provide shelter and even house-building materials. These days wool [...]
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Lambing this year has been one of the hardest we've ever had, with the 'Beast from the East' arriving a week after the first set of lambs arrived. We usually keep our sheep outside all year round, however this year we eventually had to bring them in to a make-shift [...]
A successful year for lambing and thankfully without the horrendous weather conditions that we had in 2018 with the 'Beast from the East'. We have a small flock, however it's no less hard work for all the team involved, with night shifts and early mornings the norm throughout the lambing [...]
In June 2019 we had a visit from The Dick Vet Farm Animal Practice, who came out to perform our Highland Cow vet check. A few feet were trimmed, all the horns were checked and were good and some blood samples taken for a study. Some vet students also attended to [...]
During February 2019 we had a very special visit from an extremely talented local dancer; Ellie Ferguson, who was a finalist in the BBC's 'Greatest Dancer'. Ellie came along with her mum and a film crew from Thames TV to conduct some location filming to go towards Ellie's training clips [...]
The Salomon Trail Running Festival came to Swanston Farm for their Edinburgh session on 2nd June 2018, bringing a huge number of runners keen to take part in the various activities over the weekend. Runners were able to enter the 10km and 20km timed races, covering terrain over the Pentland [...]
In early 2018 we welcomed 2 male models Glen Power at SUPA Model Management and Richard Keep at ELITE LONDON, photographer Simon Lipman, stylist Hannah Beck and make-up artist Oscar Alexander to Swanston Farm as part of their trip to Scotland from London, to photograph a range of clothing for South China Morning [...]
The worst winter we've had since 2010, life on the farm was challenged to its maximum during the unwelcome visit from the 'Beast from the East'. We were incredibly lucky that our team threw their everything in to keeping the farm running and the animals checked, rescued, fed and watered [...]
In September 2017 VisitScotland and American film company 'Fifty Films' spent the morning at Swanston Farm, filming their young Millenials saying hello to our Highland Cattle, as part of their trip around Scotland. The 'Swanston Hairies' were all lying down having a relaxing morning, showing their best sides! You can [...]
In January 2018 our 3 new females arrived and at 20 months old they still have quite a bit of growing to do! They will remain on the lowlands of our farm until they have put some weight on, have settled in to their new surroundings and have got to [...]