It's always busy at Romshed Farm and our webcam captures loads of activities - from swallows flitting about the barns as they build their nests and rear their young, to the farmer bringing animals into the yard to check them, ensure they are wormed and protected against flystrike and select animals for market and shearing.
When new things happen, the farmer will set up the webcam so you can see what is going on more easily and both the farmer and The Country Trust will send out tweets - if you would like to be kept informed as things happen, please follow Romshed Farm (@romshedfarm) and The Country Trust (@countrytrust) on twitter, or subscribe to our eNewsletter.
Here are a few things coming up over the next few weeks and months:
January to March – the camera will be on Romshed's pregnant cows and bull who are in the barn, keeping dry and eating lots of homegrown haylage in the winter months. There is not a lot of action but they are interesting to watch and observe – you may also see the odd chicken scratching around or bird flying in and out of the barn. Their calves are due in April and May by which time they will be back out into the fields.
March – April – lambing starts in mid March and the farmer will bring first time mothers and any ewes that are expecting triplets into the barns. Although most of the flock lamb outside, Romshed use the barns to bring in sheep that need special care so this is a time to keep an eye out for live lambings and all the other jobs that need to happen at lambing. It is the busiest time of year around the barns so there should be plenty to see.
Romshed should have some piglets being born at this time too – this is a top favourite on the webcam so we will be setting up the camera in time to see live piglet births.
Day old chicks will arrive in April and before we know where we are it will be May and the swallows will have arrived after a long flight from Africa. We will put the webcam onto their nest so you can watch these wonderful birds build their nests and raise their young.
It may not sound very appealing to you, but chickens take so much pleasure in digging a shallow pit in the dirt, spreading their wings and rolling around in it. Dust baths help chickens maintain proper feather insulation and ward off parasites.
You can catch this and other chicken behaviours on our webcam over the next few weeks.
On Tuesday 29 August, Octavia the sow gave birth to a litter of five piglets. Here we see the first three arrivals feeding excitedily, while mum waits to push out the last two tiny piglets.
Easter Sunday's programme profiled our farm webcam and you can see it again here.
If it is quiet in the lambing shed on the live stream, then try watching some of the recorded highlights from the last few weeks.
Watch our short film which showcases our fantastic farm visits and how our webcam can benefit even more disadvantaged children.
A new lamb was captured on camera being born at about 11.15am on Wednesday 29 March.