Helsingefår is an old Swedish sheep race. They are excellent landscapers as they prefer sly over grass. The sheep are affectionate and social and have a great variety in color and drawing. In addition to the sheep being good landscape keepers and helping us to keep our meadows and fields open, we also work with breeding since it is endangered.
On the farm we have two cows, Selma and Marianne. The breed is an old Swedish land breed that was traditionally used as household cows on far located farms.
Our cows are very social and curious. They are good landscape caretakers as they thrive on leaner meadow pastures and forest pastures. The cows are normally hornless and has the color of white with black, pale red, gray or grey-brown dots, spots or sides.
These cows as a breed are generally very healthy and have a good temperament. Unfortunately, the breed is in acute danger of extinction, and therefore we work with the gene bank and the preservation of the breed.
Skånegås is an old Swedish race that is threatened with extinction, but the care of geese is the oldest form of poultry care in Sweden. The geese are white with gray-brown motley parts. They want access to a pond to be able to wash and mate in. We have four geese here on the farm, Mårten, Märta, Berta and a young goose that we have not been able to sex yet.
We work with Buckfast bees which is a common and popular variety in Sweden. Above all, they are kind, pleasant, calm, and productive. The bee has a grayish hue and usually has two to three yellow-brown bands on the front of the hind body.
We harvest the honey at different times during the season, which means that we get different varieties that vary in color and taste depending on which plants and trees the bees have pollinated. This also makes our honey very tasty. The honey we produce is poured directly into a jar without it having been heated to retain as much of the flavors as possible and to avoid the breakdown of the honey's good enzymes.
We have several mixed breed chickens on the farm. The hens have access to an outdoor yard and a large paddock that they share with our geese. The hens can thus eat grass, sand bath and wander freely in the large enclosure.
We sell the eggs we get from the hens in the farm shop or at local markets. The amount of eggs varies naturally during the season as we get new chicks/hens and when the existing hens lay eggs and thus lay fewer eggs during a period.
The farm includes a piece of forest where we want to create productive forest together with sustainable habitats for both animals and nature. Our vision is to work with state-adapted forestry with elements of deciduous trees.
Some measures we take in the forest for a better balance are:
- Leaves Salix because it is the first plant in the spring that contains both nectar and pollen that pollinating insects need for a good start to the season
- State-adapted forestry, we let the soil show which tree species are best suited
- Leaving dead wood