It has been another wet month with 96mm of rain falling and the cows are now in at night (since the 23rd ) and eating silage.
The field gateway's are getting muddy and
they need careful udderwashing before we can milk them.
We have had 2 calves born this month 1
Simmental bull and 1 Angus heifer.
A large part of this month has been spent preparing the sheds for winter housing and working out where we can put the extra calves we still have not sold.
spent the first week empting the slurry store only to fill it again
when Edwards bobcat came to clean out all the looseboxes and before
that could be spread the rain came down.This picture
shows Barry in action cleaning out.
Also as we needed more space I have been
finishing off the lean to by fitting the "Yorkshire Boarding"
to the entrance. Boarding like this is fitted to aid ventilation.
the 3rd Williamson's delivered the first feed to go into the feed hopper
we fitted in September apart from some holes in the filler pipe all
went well and the rainfall has proved that there are no leaks as the
feed has stayed perfectly dry.
Due to the high price of straw this year
we aim to make more use of our straw chopping machine here it is in
action bedding the cubicals click on the link to learn more.
This month has seen the school half term so as we have not been anywhere this year we went along with Paul, Margot, Hannah and Becky to Norfolk for a short break. It is very interesting from a farmers view as in that part of the country there are very few cows and mostly just crops are grown.
nature report shows the colourful leaves at this time of year plus
an interesting occupant in the nestbox on the orchard!
November the fifth is approaching so thebonfire
pile will finally get burnt ( PBM fencing must have been busy this year
as it is bigger than ever).
Well that,s about it for now.
I'll see you next month Phil