Tristan da Cunha Farming News
News of farming matters and activities on Tristan da Cunha for the years 2006 to 2013.

Sheep found at the Caves for the first time

Report and photo from Kelly Green

On Saturday 28th October 2017 some island men visited the Caves to take supplies and do some work on their huts. When they where over there they spotted a mother ewe with two lambs. This is the first time ever known by the islanders that sheep have been seen at the Caves. The  mother ran away but the two lambs where brought back by boat. They are now out grazing at the Patches.

Photo taken on 29th October shows:
Back row left to right- Martin Green, Joe Green, Jason Green and Neil Swain. 
Front row right to left Steve Swain, Shane Green and Lucas Swain. 

Sheep graze the Settlement Plain and often at Anshorstock and Sandy Point, as well as on the mountain. It is possible that this group of sheep found their way down the Gipsy Ridge path from the base to the Caves.

Sheep Shearing Day, January 2017

Report and photos from Tina Glass

Catching the sheep

Catching the ram

Shearing the sheep

The annual Sheep Shearing day was held on Saturday 14th January 2017. Usually this event is held before Christmas but due to off loading the two ships MV Glory and the Baltic Trader it was postponed.

It was a nice day and very humid. The majority of the community was at the sheep pen for the day. The children really enjoy this day and eagerly ran around the pen with their crooks busy catching the lambs. At around midday everyone came home and got together in their groups to enjoy braais and cooked meals, and afterwards visit friends.

Sue, the vet, shearing a sheep

Ladies collecting wool ready for carding

Wool ready for carding

Sheared sheep

Majority of community at the pen

Report on storm and flooding damage in October 2016

The Public Works Department has had to clear major blockages on the road to The Patches from landslides caused by heavy storms in early October 2016.
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Neil Swain's UK Trip 2016

Tristan islander Neil Swain undertook agricultural studies in England at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, during 2016.
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New Page: Tristan da Cunha Economy News

News regarding the economy of the Tristan da Cunha group, which is mainly based on rock lobster fishing, farming and tourism.
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Advert for Agriculture Adviser gains international interest

An advert for an Agriculture Adviser for Tristan received a lot of press coverage worldwide.
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Retired donkeys grazing

Tristan's donkeys now graze peacefully, whereas in the past they carried people and goods.
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Tristan da Cunha Farming News 2015

News of farming matters and activities on Tristan da Cunha for the year 2015.
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Dereck Rogers BEM

Tristan's Veterinary Officer Dereck Rogers was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Birthday Honours List announced on 13th June 2015.
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