Meet Clover the lamb, she’s just one of the family at Bower Farm in Aldworth
IT’s a busy lambing time at Bower Farm, Aldworth, with 300 new arrivals so far. In the past, farmers lambed earlier, but most tend to lamb now, particularly with the milder springs meaning the ewes and lambs can be out in the fields eating the lush grass.
The Walters family – Edward, Kate and their two children Annabelle, aged 10, and nine-year-old Percy – farm the land beside the Ridgeway with Edward’s father Phillip. Phillip is the third generation of Walters and Edward the fourth at Bower Farm. They are well-known for their Christmas turkeys.
Pictured top left, KateWalters inspects the flock of Charolais X breeds with Clover, the lamb who thinks she is both a sheepdog and a member of the family.
Clover was a little slip... born in the middle of January after her mother escaped into the field with the ram. Her mother sadly had insufficient milk for her to thrive, so the family took her in to their home and hand-reared her.
Since then, the now not-so-little lamb has been accompanying them all, checking on the rest of the sheep, going for walks with the family and even knocking on the front door of the farmhouse when she wants to be let in.