Last month we recorded 17mm of rain this month a complete turnaround with 108mm most of which has been in the form of heavy thundershowers dumping 20mm at once. The water however has run off as quick as it came so we do not have floods or waterlogged fields to contend with.
We have had visitors this month firstly
Andrea from London who came for 2 weeks work experience as she hopes
to become a vet and is currently studying for her A levels. Here she
is learning to milk. Andrea was also on hand when
a fresh calved cow developed a condition called "Milk
Fever" click to find out more.
visiting this month was Carol and family from Pennsylvania USA. Carol's
husband was seconded from his company to work in their Cheshire site
and Carol asked me if she could have a real visit as they had looked
at us at their school. Here they are on their real tour.
We have had 7 calves born this month 3 black and white bulls, 1 black and white heifer, 2 angus bulls and 1 Angus heifer 2 of the Angus being twins.
Last month I mentioned the NFU
national roadshow trailer click here for a report.
We finished haymaking in July; the silage was not quite ready due to the dry weather in July so we have been on maintenance. Painting the milking parlour and finishing the brickwork on the Lean-to shed that we began last year.
we have fitted this trough on the orchard to catch the roof water and
due to the rainfall it has certainly been of use.
This month's nature trail features some
slugs and grubs click here
to see them.
Finally Foot and Mouth has still not gone
away so be careful if visiting the countryside, we have increased our
bio-security by installing this tank for chemical at our front gate
to keep a good supply for the mats.
See you next month Phil
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