The month started as June finished wet and so we spent time cleaning and painting the dairy and milking parlour. Then the sun shone and we began haymaking.
We have made about 600 bales on the Cottage Paddock and ½ of the Heifer Meadow and these were stacked in the lofts.
Here is Alan looking happy in his work as he put more string into the baler.
We also have been making hay at Dorothy's Father's farm
and on the 29th Alan baled another 600 bales however breakdowns had
delayed us at home and on the morning of the 30th the rains returned
and we currently have 600 wet bales lying on the field.
Before the sun shone we had had about 70mm of rain but the deluge on the 30th and 31st left us with a monthly rainfall total of 112mm. (The most since our records began - January 2001)
It is 1.15pm on the 1st as I write this report and it has been raining heavily for 4 hours.
Maize crop is growing fast and is now 1.50m high as Sarah is illustrating
(Sarah is about 1.50m).It is slightly shorter around the field edges.
By next month she will have disappeared if she stands in the same place.
Paul, Margot, Dorothy, Simon, Sarah, Hannah and Becky
have all been to the Commonwealth games in Manchester
click here for pictures
We have had 4 calves born this month 1 Simmental bull,
1 Limousin bull, 1 Belgian Blue Bull and yesterday 1 Black and White
All the calves are doing well but 2 of the cows have
had problems with Magnesium deficiency (staggers as we call it) this
is treated in the same way as calcium deficiency (milk
fever) as shown in last year's July report. Symptoms for staggers
are similar to milk fever.
The cows have been grazing some nice lush grass which grew after we had silaged the Long Field and Milestone field.
Combined with the wet weather staggers can occur. Michael
our vet says it is common at present.
birthday congratulations to Anne who celebrated with a surprise party
organized by herself. The invitations said don't reply surprise me!
August will see the summer fayre at our friends Margaret and Mick's Heaton House Farm near Macclesfield it is on the Bank Holiday of the 26th perhaps we might see you there. Click here to learn more about the fayre www.countryfayre.org.uk
Finally, click here for the nature report.
See you next month Phil
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