South Slipperfield - some background
The Dykes have been farming at South Slipperfield, near West Linton in Midlothian for over 60 years.
The farm is an upland unit of 1000 acres, extending to 1500 feet above sea level at its highest point. The Dykes run a flock of 850 ewes and 150 hoggs made up of Scottish Blackface, Bluefaced Leicester, Scotch Mule and Texel crosses. They also run 75 pedigree cows, which are mainly Simmentals.
It is a family business and Hamish runs the farm with his wife, Susie, and his parents, John and Kate, along with their two children Rosie and Murdo.
The Dykes featured in the popular BBC1 series ‘Lambing Live’ in 2014, and as a result have had some experiences opening their farm doors and sharing their lives during one of the busiest times of the year!
Key members of the South Slipperfield team – who won the hearts of millions of BBC viewers last year – are Hamish’s pair of New Zealand Huntaways - Jess and her son Doug. Huntaways have a unique way of herding sheep and, on Hamish’s command, bark when rounding up the flock to encourage the sheep to move.
Jess and Doug will be featuring in the video diaries this lambing.