The Blog: What’s happening on the farm?

Spring turnout………

Well at last the Winter is over, rather long it always feels but the cattle are all outside enjoying the sunshine, grass and still cold evenings.  This nosey lot are playing on our field called the Inks for Summer.  They are mainly pedigree limousin cattle, which are young.  We plan to breed off them and

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Waiting to go out for the Summer……….

Waiting eagerly to see if the weather warms up before they set off across the fields for Summer.  These calves, born in the Autumn have enjoyed their wintertime in the big shed with their mothers and are now ready to race around the green fields when the weather warms up a bit and the grass

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Lambing time is getting started………….

Well, when we scanned the ewes over the Christmas period, we knew lambing was going to be a little later this year.  We usually start on Valentines day!  We have had a few lambs but things are still slow……….all mums holding tight to their unborn lambs just waiting for this nice weather to disappear and

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Straw here and straw there………

Well, got some combining done in Yorkshire and we have been efficient at having it delivered up here to stock up for Winter.  Barley straw is used for both feed and bedding up here on the farm.  The cattle enjoy the roughage of it mixed and chopped up in with the silage, as well as

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Pest control the natural way…..

Well, venturing in to the kitchen are the newest recruits to the farm pest control team.  Born here at Ross, mother shows them the ropes to keep the farm healthy and tidy.  Call into the kitchen for supper and a peek around then back out to work, don’t forget to have a hiss little kitten!!

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Four leaf clover – good luck everyone…..

Whilst out walking the dogs, David was inspecting the meadows for the newly drilled seeds, and look what he found, yes a four leaf clover.  The animals really enjoy eating the clover whether it be in the fields, or whether it has been cut and made into Winter feed. We have opened a new holiday

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More action……………tractor power.

Hay made, we then concentrated on making haylage – baling the dry grass, and wrapping it with the black plastic to give the animals a great tasty alternative to dry hay and clamp silage (grass in a silage clamp fermented to a great winter feed). Trying to balance the diet for the animals is hard

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Making hay while the sun shines!

The old saying is right, “you can only make hay while the sun shines”, so thats what we have been doing here at Ross Farm. We have baled some lovely round bales ready for the winter feed for the calves, sheep and ponies – winter and lambing time preparation – who said farmers weren’t organised!

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Muck spreading.

Dry ground equals muck spearing on the farmland! Our bedding from winter is all loaded into the rota spreader and spread across the fields to make the grass grow. A natural fertiliser which also adds soil depth for the grass roots to make growing much better. Green grass equals happy contented cows and sheep (husband

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Hereford heifer for the future.

This little cutie is a hereford cross heifer which we intend to keep as a replacment cow in the future. Her dad is the handsome red chappie with a white face who is huge but as quiet as a mouse as he patrols the fields looking after his girls. Hope you enjoy seeing him on

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