So far so good. Less rain than this time last year. Thats not to say there isn't mud around but we haven't got lakes in our fields which we've had before. We have enjoyed some frosty, gorgeous, sunny days like today and it really does make a difference to checking the animals and keeping them fed. But it does mean wrapping up with a lot of layers!
The cows are heavily pregnant and will begin calving in the next few weeks, they are enjoying their silage bales and we will bring them back closer to the farm buildings soon so we can keep an eye on them. For the first time we will be calving heifers, these are female cows who haven't had calves before. We have been warned that they can be tricky so we will bring them into the barn and have them on straw and leave them undisturbed unless we think they need our help. This will be easier to intervene in the barn rather than in the field.
Bob arrives next week to scan the sheep, a key annual event in the sheep calendar. The sheep will then be divided up according to how many lambs they have been scanned to have and will be fed accordingly. The triplets and twins sooner than the singles and the closer lambing approaches the more food they will have. Their food is a high nutritional pellet which contains energy and minerals to help the growth of the lambs and maintain the ewes condition too.
The flocks of linnets continue to enthrall us as we drive past the wildbird seed mix, they fly up and swirl around before coming in to land. We have just started to supplementary feed too, as the food larder diminishes not just in our area but in the hedges too, we spread a mix of grains and seeds to help the birds maintain themselves through the winter months, sometimes called the hungry gap.
Our lambing open days are 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th April, we are busy planning for them now. We are also doing Open Farm Sunday this year on the 11th June and involving lots of our neighbouring farmers, more details soon.
Fly has settled in well and loves sitting on the back of the quad bike. Belle remains top dog but has realised she can't run faster than Fly....
Camilla, Roly, Molly, Freddie, Finch, Belle and Fly