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Uradale Almanac

At last the byre is empty

At last the byre is empty. The last of the cows have calved and the silage has virtually finished so the cows again can feel this year’s sun- and sometimes a few wintry showers- on their backs. The calves see the whole thing as an exciting game and charge around...

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Voar (Spring)

Last week we ploughed 2 fields, one will be sown with “bere” (Shetland 6 rowed barley) and the other with Swedish barley developed for Iceland. Unfortunately it has rained ever since preventing us from sowing the seed. Soil temperature needs to be above 6 degrees...

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Shetland Kye

Crops of grass silage and barley are grown to feed this herd of rare indigenous Shetland Cattle during the winter. These cattle complement flocks of native Shetland sheep, often eating side by side over the steep hillsides on a vast array of mountain grasses and...

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The Farm

It covers over 1000 acres of Shetland, an archipelago of islands equidistant between Aberdeen, Scotland and Bergen, Norway. To the Vikings and traders of the Nordic and Baltic countries, Shetland was at the...

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