The Blog: What’s happening on the farm?

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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Goosing around.

Our farm geese are mooching around, in the orchard, thinking about laying eggs, and lighter nights, spreading their wings, running and threatening to take off but its too nice to leave Ross Bay!

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Enjoying a mud pack!

Well, what can we say about her? She has enjoyed rubbing her head in the mud and spoiling her good looks for the time being. She has a young calf and is enjoying the great outdoors on the hill of Mielke Ross, overlooking Ross Bay and the Kirkcudbright Estuary. Its a hard life………..

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Lambs, lambs, lambs…….

Well last month we were waiting for the lambs, now they are here…….its been busy to say the least! We have also had to contend with the Beast from the East bringing minus temperatures here but no snow thankfully. Lambing has been tough, but most of our our sheep are canny and hide behind the

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