A sign that the autumn is upon us can be seen daily around the yard as the trees drop their leaves of various autumnal colours to the ground and, along with this, the breeding season is in full swing here on the farm.

The first cycle has just finished with the natural-service ewes; all going well we won’t have many repeats. At this stage, I will start raddling the rams and changing the colours every 10 days. This will help identify any ewes that are repeating and it will also identify what ewes are due between different dates come the spring.