David Neveling says Udbi Farm will reduce its sheep flock by about ten animals.
Udbe Farm / Nova Seeberg
Poor harvest and declining livestock are consequences of the capricious summer weather for the Udupi farm.
– The summer was dry at first and then wet, which obviously affected the harvest and not least the grazing.
David Neveling, who has managed Udbi Farm since 2016, like many other farmers, had a poor first rice crop due to drought. Then the rain came.
– We haven’t harvested the second crop yet, we’re waiting for it to dry out a bit. It will fit but it won’t be enough to repair the damage.
Fortunately, farm animals are ancient Swedish wild breeds that don’t need a lot of feed.
– They are more careful with their food because they do not grow as fast as the improved strains. And we don’t have dairy cows either.
Today Udbi’s farm has about thirty ewes, twelve cows, five goats and two pigs, as well as chickens and rabbits.
Ten sheep should go
Despite this, the Udbi farm will reduce the sheep herd during the fall by about ten animals. Today they have about 30 ewes and rams.
– Also, the grazing became worse than usual, so much so that we reduced the number of sheep as planned, but of course it affected that we received less fodder than expected. But there is no crisis or disaster here.
Supports the coffee shop
The location is also of less interest due to the farm’s café and educational activities.
The fact that we had several legs to stand on financially was our salvation. There were a lot of people moving around the farm and the coffee shop was doing well. Many Tire Islanders have found their way here.
David Neveling has been leasing Uddby Farm from the municipality since 2016.
Odbi Farm has around 30 Värmlandsfår ewes and rams.
The Värmland sheep is a forest sheep that was historically found on small farms. They are relatively small in size, are good grazers and do well on lean terrain.
They can get pregnant three times in two years.
Source: Udbi Farm
They are more careful with their food because they do not grow as fast as the bred breeds.
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