There may be some farm activities going on during your stay depending on the time of year and the weather of course! We may be cutting grass for silage and hay for winter feed for the animals and bringing it from the fields to the farm steading with tractors and trailers. We may grow some cereals to provide barley or wheat as a feed and to make straw for bedding.
In Springtime the sheep have their lambs, and our cows have their calves. The hens and ducks start laying more eggs so if we have some spare we will leave you some in the cottage to try during your stay.
In summertime the sheep have all their wool shawn to keep them cool and provide us with wool which we sell to the wool board for making woollen products like nice warm jumpers and scarves.
When autumn and winter arrive the cattle will all be housed indoors and the sheep will have grown back their wool to keep them warm on the cold windy winter days.
There are lots of agricultural shows locally in Dumfries and Galloway which are a great day out for the family, with animals, games, fun activities, showing, local arts, crafts and produce – look at our blog for whats on!
We have invested quite heavily in a new biomass heating system for the whole of Ross Farm which was commissioned in early August 2014. We have had a 200kwh Heizomat installed which runs on renewable energy products, we are using quality dry woodchip from reputable responsible sources. This system provides heating and hot water for our house and the cottages.