The week before the Melplash Show is always hectic. Melplash is our local agricultural show and our favourite. It isn’t only about showing the sheep, it is an occasion where friends and neighbours come out to see us, too.
And this year preparation was a bit more hectic because we had a film crew accompanying us. A film company got in touch with me a few weeks ago and asked if they could spend a day on the farm and then follow us around Melplash Show. They are making a series of programmes, showing different aspects of farming life. I had to keep this all secret and I’m not sure I should be mentioning now. But the film crew were certainly seen by people at the show. They were a lovely bunch and worked very hard. I am sure the sound man had to have several beers at the end of the day, if only to forget the constant babbling he had to hear all day. I had a microphone attached and must have driven him crazy.
The programmes are scheduled for sometime in 2017. I simply hope they will show the viewers West Dorset is a beautiful place and farmers here care passionately for the landscape and their livestock.
We received a First for our Ram Lamb and a Third in the Group of Three. The best award of the day was winning the Best Small Farm for Conservation. We received a cup at the main ring, presented by the President of the Melplash Agricultural Society. All very satisfying!
Jo Stover has daily adventures on her small farm, together with her Highland cattle and Portland sheep, bees, a few hens, dogs, and some two-legged family and friends.