‘Ladies’ cast expert eye

IT’S been a busy time at Arundel Farm on the Macquarie Plains near Bushy Park in the Derwent Valley.

Arundel Farm is run by Fiona Hume and stockman Mat Bone.

It is a mixed operation consisting of Cormo sheep for wool production, crossbred ewes for prime lamb production, a small herd of Black Angus cattle and Australia’s largest flock of heritage English Leicester sheep.

Fiona Hume and her team have recently finished nine days of shearing.

“We farm sheep for meat and wool.”

We primarily run the Cormo for wool and English Leicester/Cormo cross as prime lamb mothers,” she said. “We also have pure heritage breed English Leicesters. We keep a small number of coloured Cormo sheep.” The wool ladies from Oatlands visited Arundel last week.

Karen Mathieson from The Lucky Ewe and Kat Wittman from The Weavers Cottage.

“They selected several coloured fleeces to sell to their customers,” Fiona said.
“We luckily missed the cold snap and got shearing done without any trouble.”

Arundel Farm offers ethically farmed products and reinvests to fortify the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem.

The Hume family first arrived in Tasmania in 1823. The family moved to the Derwent Valley in 1894.