This Farming Life!

Date posted: Tuesday, 6th February 2018

Winter progressing.

This area has been so lucky with the weather, very little snow so far, but of course there is still a long way to go yet!

The building of the new shed is progressing well as there has been no holdups with the weather.

The overnight snow last night has not stopped the roofers getting on with the sheeting.

The bull sales have been and gone for another February and home to start preparing the next lot for sale. It is a never ending circle. The bull sales is also a very sociable occassion,a time you meet up with folks you only see there. It was good to see old friends and catch-up, you know who you are - looking forward to seeing you again!

There has been a lull in calving this week, there often is at the beginning of February, and the reason usually is the cows go out to grass for the summer in early May and this sometimes affects their breeding cycle. By the time I write again I am sure the calves will be popping out in great numbers!

The calves that were born at the start of the year are well established and race around the sheds, enjoying life.

We have had a busy time with some of the Quality Assurance assessors recently. They come to put you 'through hoops' both out on the farm and in the office with paperwork so that you come up to a standard that is acceptable to supermarkets and other buying sectors. There is different ones for grain, potatoes  and livestock. The preparation and maintainance of records  for all these take time and each assessment takes half a day (that you don't really have to spare!), but if the office is warm,comfortable and the coffee and biscuits are on hand, it makes the assessor's job go a bit more smoothly.

The birds in the garden are hungry for their fat balls, possibly preparing themselves for bad weather, and the rabbits are having a field day with anything green above ground!!