It was a long hot summer and, as they say, a farmer’s work is never done. The UK’s sheep farmers had to press on with business regardless of the sweltering temperatures. Fortunately, they did get the chance to take some fantastic photos of their summer. Here are some of our favourites.
PHOTO 1: Here’s looking at ewe (sorry, not sorry.) This photo comes from 18 year old Ffion Hooson, a sheep farmer and agricultural student from North Wales.
PHOTO 2: It was an exceptionally hot summer, here Ffion proves that whatever the weather, sheep flock together.
PHOTOS 3: Gelston Lamb is a husband and wife team based in the Lincolnshire countryside. They pride themselves on raising healthy, happy sheep.
Did someone say dinnertime?
PHOTO 4: For their efforts, Gelston Lamb often receives some serious sheep eyes.
PHOTO 5: They say that farming is a family business. But you can’t pull the wool over some people’s eyes.
PHOTO 6: Rain or shine, the work goes on. Still, when the views are this good...
PHOTO 7: Jacob is a fifth generation mixed enterprise hill farmer from Bridgend in South Wales. He has also been named 2018 Young Farmer of the Year in the Farmers Weekly Awards. Not that Jacob’s sheepdog will let him steal the limelight.
PHOTO 8: Paul has a farm with 180 sheep in Cumbria. But the star of the show is Paul’s beautiful sheepdog, Blue.
PHOTO 9: Here’s Blue doing what he does best: rounding up those sheep in the sunshine - no doubt earning himself a biscuit or two (not to mention a big bowl of water).
PHOTO 10: Quirky Mare, aka Kerry Smith, is a farmer from Swindon as well as an amateur show jumping and dressage rider. Not that this mother is letting her child anywhere near Kerry’s horse. Smile like ewe mean it? (Sorry, not sorry.)
PHOTO 11: Finally, some shade from that scorching summer sun.
PHOTO 12: Sandie may not be a sheep farmer, but she takes incredible photos of the Yorkshire countryside while out walking with her dog Crumble. And it just so happens that the Yorkshire countryside contains an awful lot of sheep.
PHOTO 13: Sarah is a sheep and cattle farmer in Montgomeryshire, Mid Wales. It seems she has a penchant for causing a roadblock with her flock.
PHOTO 14: But hay, it’s worth clearing the field to get a photo like this.
PHOTO 15: Sarah’s sheep on the move again.
PHOTO 16: What are ewe looking at? (Sorry, not sorry.)
PHOTO 17: What Christopher doesn’t know about sheep farming isn’t worth knowing. A former curriculum leader in agriculture, this Lincolnshire farmer also runs a paddock maintenance business.
PHOTO 18: We don’t know what’s happened here, but some folk are looking sheepish.
PHOTO 19: With 650 sheep to tend to, it’s fair to say Coxons Farm had a busy summer. And that was before the mysterious gaps in the wall appeared...
PHOTO 20: Coxons Farm lies among the folds of the Yorkshire Dales, a stunning backdrop.
PHOTO 21: Daye is part of the Scottish Enterprise rural leadership programme. Here some of her flock prove that there really is nothing as quiet as a lamb. Especially when it’s feeding time
PHOTO 22: Dobbin just wants to make some new friends. It’s an inclusive kind of a place on Daye’s farm.
PHOTO 23: Ian and Gillian Dixon rear native breeds of sheep, cattle, pigs and poultry from a traditional mixed farm in Devon. And this photo suggests they have a young bellwether in the making.
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Autumn is here and the summer scorch has been replaced by a cheek-reddening chill. What will the season bring you and your flock? We would love to see your photos. Please tag @Sheep_Farmers in your Twitter snaps. Best of luck this autumn!