ADVICE ON MAKING DARTMOOR LAMB AND HONEY

The Dartmoor Hill Farm Project has announced two new workshop days.

1) Overcoming the perfect storm – how and when to market prime lamb

Lamb producers are invited to attend a free practical workshop on September 12 (10 am – 1 pm, with a pasty lunch) at Broadford Farm, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, led by Peter Morris of Cross Consulting in association with the Dracup family, who run a Highlander flock..

A challenging lambing and cold spring turned into a long hot summer, putting pressure on grass and forage supplies and stretching the finishing period for prime lambs. Add in the uncertainties surrounding Brexit and it’s “never been more important to make informed marketing decisions”, says the press release.

Peter Morris says: “Understanding the type of lambs suited to different marketplaces and supply chains can be quite a challenge. Lamb is sold in butchers shops, restaurants and supermarkets, and is exported to many different countries and ethnic groups. There is demand for all types of lambs but the trick is making sure that those produced on farm are sold into the market that best suits them.”

2) Bee Keeping on Dartmoor – A Taster Day

Buckfast Abbey on Saturday September 22 (11 am – 4 pm).

Course host Clare Densley, from the Bee Department at Buckfast Abbey, says: “I hope this day will be of interest to new and existing bee keepers or those with an interest in developing a hive. We will discuss the challenges of bee keeping on Dartmoor providing tips and guidance on how to develop a successful apiary.”

The course fee is £15 (including light refreshments) and places can be booked by emailing or calling the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project on 01822 890913 or hfp@dartmoor.gov.uk  (mailto:hfp@dartmoor.gov.uk )

To book a place on either course call 01822 890913 or email hfp@dartmoor.gov.uk/

The Dartmoor Hill Farm Project is currently funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund, Dartmoor National Park Authority NPA, The Duchy of Cornwall and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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