My Grandparents had a farm and vineyard some of my earliest memories are of bottle feeding lambs, this sparked an interest in all animals and I went on to study Zoology at Aberdeen University and then spent 7 years as a zoo keeper and animal handler.
15 years ago most of my grandparents farm was sold apart from 60 acers which my dad kept along with the farm house. For the next few years my dad bought a handful of sheep each year, fattened them up and sold the meat. 4 years ago I decided to buy 3 goats and sell their meat along side the lamb.
4 years later I have a small herd of goats, a flock of sheep, ducks, chickens and quail. As all the farm buildings had been sold we have had to build shelters etc. as we expand. It has been hard work and everyone in the family has helped along the way. My parents have babysat my son as well as orphand or sick animals. My partner Sam has spent his days off from being a zookeeper helping me build shelters, transport animals, trim goat and sheep feet and pull lambs out of ewes. My brother has braved freezing temperatures to help on the market stall. My son has spent most of the first year of his life on my back as I do the farm work and has shared our kitchen with lambs and kids. We still have a long way to go but I am proud of the progress we have made in the last 4 years and hopefully we will keep growing and improving our produce in the years to come.