We were thrilled at the arrival of the Marriner lambs a few months ago, but one of the little ones didn’t have a very strong start with the rest of the flock.
Simone the lamb was suffering from Joint-ill, an infection that affects the joints of lambs, causing swelling and difficulty standing or walking. Monty the lab took to the little guy immediately and became his protector after we brought him inside to help with his recovery.
Simone needed to be on a strict course of antibiotics to fight the infection, so was regularly bottle fed to make sure he was getting everything he needed. Despite needing the safety and security of the house for his recovery, Simone still…
A few weeks ago, our ladies of the Marriner Flock were paid a visit for their routine scan.
Chris stopped by the Marriner Farm and saw every single ewe to determine how many lambs she may be carrying.
The ladies are sent through a special run, that allows Chris access to place a probe on the udder. This will then send out soundwaves, which bounce back and present an image of the lambs on the screen. Just as you would see in a human ultrasound examination.
Depending on the number of lambs the ewes are carrying, they are then marked with blue, red, or green. This distinction is important as it allows us to easily tell which of our ladies is carrying one lamb, twins, or triplets.
These ewes can then be separated, so we can be sure that those who are carrying two or more lambs receive…
It’s finally here! Our very own 100% pure British Wool range is now available for you to get your hands on.
Our Romney Vale wool is made with 100% British Wool, licensed by British Wool (formerly British Wool Marketing Board), and 100% natural. The sheep are Marriner’s own flock, kept and looked after by Marriner’s MD himself, with the assistance of local farmers and other experts, in fields not too far from our HQ in Cardiff.
The wool is traditional Aran weight and 100% natural in colour with no added dyes….
The lambs are now around 7 months old, and no longer the tiny little things we once knew back in the spring. They’re still lively, sprightly and cheeky, but now all grown up. Because of this, at the end of the summer it was time to separate them into a different field to give their mums a chance to rest and recover.
While the lambs are no longer dependent on the milk from their mother, they will still take milk as and when they want to – and given that they are no longer the…
Our beautiful ladies’ fleece was getting a bit long, so they were due their second yearly shearing this week – and they certainly deserve it after running around with their little ones who are getting cheekier and cheekier by the day.
Shearing not only means that we can turn the lovely fleece into wool, but it also is necessary for the sheep to have a better quality of life. Shearing keeps the fleece away from their eyes, which can cause wool-blindness when left to grow too long,…
Our little lambs are now about 8/9 weeks old and they have been thoroughly enjoying themselves and making themselves at home in their new field.
You can see that they are all now looking much bigger – and much more fleecy. Can you see that signature Romney ‘wool mask’ that is starting to appear?
They are still sticking close to their mums – and altogether make for a very fluffy bunch! Another shearing is coming up very soon…
After introducing you to our flock and our gorgeous new lambs on the Marriner farm, we thought it was about time that you heard from Mr. Marriner himself, and how he came to be our farmer.
We couldn’t be happier that Colin’s ‘hobby’ has turned into something so wonderful. It’s been a great opportunity for a lot of the Marriner team to get involved, spend some time in the countryside, and see the very beginnings of the wool production process.
Good news – after getting friendly with our rams Baarney and Hercules in November, our ladies were scanned this week to find out how many baby lambs will be joining us in spring. Just like humans, ewes are scanned around the 10/12 week point to find out the number of lambs they carry.
The vet uses an ultrasound scanner to determine how many lambs each ewe is carrying to then mark the sheep’s back with a specific colour.
Watch our video below where Rhos explains how the coloured dots indicate how many lambs…
Our Marriner flock is well and truly at home in their lush, green sloping field. They are more than happy spending their days roaming the small hills and munching their way through a considerable amount of grass.
Their fleece is getting thicker by the day and we can already tell that it’s going to be quite soft. They are due their very first haircut around this time, and we can’t wait to take you through the whole process from shearing, to scouring, roving, spinning and, finally, winding. With only a small flock we won’t see a huge amount of wool…