PYGMY GOAT

This is our pygmy goat named Bailey, he has the ability to clumb up trees as you can see.Bailey is very soft and friendly; you can patt him all day long.

He was born in March and straght away Flo wanted to have him as her own..He has little horns and a chocolate coloured coat.

Two new beef animals from leek Auction market

 

I TOOK JESUS TO CHURCH
I had some early lambs and told the wife that I don't know how the mother got in lamb so early, must have been a miraculous conception so we will call it Jesus.

The church warden asked if I could bring a lamb for the Plough service. So I took Jesus to Church

BEEF
The store cattle, cattle being fed to fatten were are good trade so I took the opportunity af sending them to the local livestock market for someone else to fatten and feed with a tonne of corn at £250 per tonne.

They made fantastic money at £900 each (two years old) dairy type bullocksbought as calves for £60 each. Fed £50 of corn and all the rest was own labour for baling hay etc. So a profit of say £400 each. Normally it is about £50 - £100 each.

They is just such a world demand for beef. No wonder they started putting horse meat in lasagne etc.

 

The first swallows arrived on Wednesday 8th April, 2012. I heard them first with their twittering squeaks ending with a gurgling jumble.
I watched a lone swallow the next morning, having flown 6,000 miles from South Africa, harrying a Sparrow Hawk with the manoeuvrability and grace of an attacking Spitfire.

The barns are nearly empty for the swallows to build their nests.
There being a couple of fattening bullocks and two new calves, "Smash" and "Grab" still inside.
The calves are dairy cross bulls. The farmer wanting heifers to rear and milk got bulls which aren't so good and are not very beefy so the price is less than £70each. A reasonable beef bull at four weeks makes five times that.

We took the last lamb of 2011 and an old ewe to Leek on the 7th. The old ewe achieving a top price of £112 and us having our name in the the market report.

The hens are laying well and Roger the old cockerel is still strutting his stuff, puffing out his chest and giving the dawn chorus of birds a deep repertoire of his own.

As I stand still and listen and watch the arrival of spring I can virtually feel the grass growing between my toes. So no time to stand still. I'm off to fill a Tesco bag of young nettle leaves and wild garlic to make a yummy if very green soup.

"April showers bring May's flowers."

Reasons to be joyful by Bully Bullock

December, 2011

The fields are still dry and green. It is amazing that we have cows still outside this time of year. It saves on the bedding costs and the spreading of muck next year.
2012 has been very wet no animals have been left outside.


This is Florence.

 

Foxes are about. Samuel the young cock stayed out one night and didn't see the next day.

However the hens are starting to lay eggs now that they have an electric light coming on at 4a.m.

The beef cattle are inside eating haylage.

Most of the lambs have been sold through Leek market. Prices are good becuase of the weak £ the demand from the continent has brought a lot of buyers.

 

Snow and frost and snow.

The sheep that are outside have received extra rations there being no grass for them to eat under the snow.

 

 

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On the Farm

Welsh Colley from deepest Wales. Her name is Jem. She was born the 12th July, 2011.
She loves people.
She is not a house dog so is not allowed in the cottages.

Just look what has happened to our Bramley apple tree.
The trunk was rotten; the crop was heavy and the wind strong.

 

We have pigs every now and then. None at the moment.

Newly hatched chicks.

From setting the eggs three weeks ago in an incubator, turning three times a day, adding humidity we have some chicks.


Grazing with St.Michaels and the Daintry Hall, North Rode in the background.

The beef animals are still outside strip grazing the grass behind an electric fence. "Strip grazing" is the management of the field by advancing the electric fence a short distance every day or twice a day into fresh grass. The advantage of this is that the stock don't trample the grass down and waste it and there is fresh grass in front of them all the time.


A crop of oats in front of the farm ready for harvesting and feeding over the winter to the beef animals.

Improvement to the Coach House: Extra roof insulation. The first visitors had to turn the thermostats down!
Improvements to the Shippon: Re-roof with extra insulation and a new floor with underfloor heating in the wet room.


Eaton Village Walk

Raised more money for the Rose Queen.

Bobble Hat BBQ and Bonfire


We had a charity event on the 19th October with 200 people in attendance raising £1,400 for the Rose Queen charities.

 

JULY

Florence was crowned Eaton Rose Queen on Saturday. Making her the tenth member of her family to be crowned.

She carried the whole ceremony off very well with her attendants. She looked serene and had presence on the stage when she spoke. Parents are so proud.

Another proud moment came when she told us at breakfast that the vicar took the school assembly and asked one person from each class to say what they had learnt this year. Florence stood up and said "she had learnt not to be what her friends want her to be, but to be herself".

 

I took my girls to their first Young Farmer event a sheep stock judging competition. This event is where there are several pens of four sheep each marked differnetly. They are then judged and placed in order 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th.

They were entered in the under 18 class with twenty other and with a little direction came home with the prize money and certificates for coming 2nd and 3rd.

 

We are now generating our own electricity with solar PV. Providing green energy to the holiday cottages.


Winifred helping Laura and Eve (Isle of Man) feed Ginger milk.
Other on-lookers Lauren and Oliver (London).

What has happened?

When shutting the hens in one September night there was chirping sounds from the hen cote. It was dark and I thought some of the ten pullets (12 weeks old) had got themselves in the big cote and separated from the others.

I went to collect the eggs and found a broody hen sat on some. "Off you come old girl" Oh! You're the old hen we lost some three weeks ago. A right broody thing and a Welsummer (heavier bird).

It suddenly occured to me that the chirping might be some chicks she hatched. I needed to get a torch.

I brought back to look for the chicks a young lad (Christian) who is staying in the Coach House. He lives in Bahrain with his parents and his elder brother is going to Manchester University.

We looked under the shed.
We looked around the floor of the hen cote.
Still the noise came. I lifted the raised corn bin and crouched under it was one fluffy chick.

Now to keep it warm it should be under a heat lamp or its mother. Mother is best, but she is now perched.

I put her back in a nest box on a couple of pot eggs (she will think she will try to hatch them). The chick was put in with her and it burrowed under her wings. Succcess.

 

We have two beef animals Ginger a shorthorm bullock and Ale a hereford heifer. "Ginger Ale"

We managed to make some lovely hay this year in July. We have never made so much. It is now safely stored in the new barn. It has a sweet tobacco smell.The small bales are for sale at £4.50 each.

During the busy family period over the summer we took holiday makers to see the badgers and other animals and were well rewarded with our patience.

The twin heifer calves "Spot & Dab and Mary"are pictured below in Shad's Clough Meadow.

 

 

Beef, Lamb and Pork/Bacon is produced on the farm and is for sale in season.

This is Tommy baling. International tractor and a Massey Ferguson Baler

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The view from off the lawn is of the Cloud looking over the River Dane valley.

Can you see where the lawn and the field join? Its called a Ha-ha and was introduced into many formal gardens to give an open view of the owners lands and an impression that the land came right to the house.

The sheep on the farm are pedigree Charollais.

I breed rams for other farmers to put to their sheep flock.

My rams put the carcase shape on the resulting lambs for the butcher.

This year they all have to start with an 'I' such as 'Imelda' and 'Iris'. Much fun if you name them after people in the village!

Email us with your best names for interesting lambs to describe them as big, strong, masterful, motherly, good types.

We are showing sheep at the Cheshire Show this year on the 21st and 22nd June.

<-- These calves are called Reddy and Bluey.

The calves to the right are called Little and Large. -->

 

Apple blossom from one of our Bramley trees. Nature is beautiful.

The hens like them too. When they're let out in the morning the head straight under the trees to pick up the fallen petals to eat.

These are Polly, Tom and Sooty eating a mixture of oats, barley and soya bean.

Their pig arc is in the background


All organic and taste great!

The animals slowly mature for a greater taste and live a happy life here.


more tractor pics

 

Sue raking the hay into swaths.