WTM Newsletter Issue 44 ........ May 2014
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FRESH BEEF BACK FRIDAY 23rd MAY

If you would like to reserve any Angus cross, grass fed beef which was born and reared at Garr House Farm, please let me know by 6pm Tuesday .

Mini beef boxes available - put together to your requirements, a £50 mix of joints, casserole beef, mince and steak  with or without sausages and burgers for £45.

Burger flavours ; plain beef, onion and black pepper, sweet chilli, horseradish.
2 x 6oz burgers per £1:90 pack .

Sausage flavours ; Plain and horseradish.
4 sausages per pack.

BBQ BOX

£25 worth of mixed grill meats for £20.
Includes 8 burgers and 16 sausages then any combination of lamb, beef or pork steaks, ribs, belly strips, kebab chunks and chicken.
Frozen boxes available all summer, fresh boxes need to be ordered before a w/e.
 

APPLE JUICE

3 different blends all from locally sourced apples, pressed locally too.
One is a sweeter desert blend , another predominantly Bramley and the third somewhere between.

 

Currently available from BOB'S GARDEN

Produce grown between the buildings at Garr House.

Rhubarb 
Asparagus
Radish


Picked fresh to order.
 

Shop opening times:

Fridays and Saturdays 10am - 5pm
On Thursdays from 11am when we are labelling up the fresh meat and processing orders for FREE LOCAL DELIVERY
Any other time by arrangement.

We were out for a walk on the land recently rented round the reservoir and came across a swarm of bees on the ground.


Bill, the local ' go to man ' for such a discovery was busy that evening but the bees were still there the next morning. They were duly collected and a very angry box transported home.



The queen wasn't sighted, possibly too far down a crack in the ground so they will be joined with a sparsely populated hive.

Honey should be available in the shop in a couple of months.


WARNING - ladies, if your husband displays unusual behaviour and asks if he should book a hotel having sent you the following link 
 
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Think carefully !

Welcome to another WTM newsletter where the intention is to inform about farm activities of the last month and keep you posted on what is available in the shop.  

We finished calving in April with yet another black bull calf. Statistically there should be a roughly equal number of male and female calves born, not this year; five heifers and twelve bulls. At least this one pictured is a heifer and hopefully will make a breeding replacement in a couple of years. The only calf we have had trouble with was from a cow with an extremely pendulous udder and it took a few days for the calf to learn the teats were pointing upwards not hanging down. The Mum was very patient and stood still while we were trying to get him to put his head down instead of up. Rewarding slurping sounds once calf and teat were connected. We have just had the all clear on the latest TB testing, being in a low risk area that should be it for another 4 years.
 

The last lambs have been born and our rearing figures are slightly up which is in line with the national trend; currently 1:73 %. Here, one of our lambing 'helpers' is proving popular with the orphan lambs. We lost 3 ewes in two days out in the field, they were strong ewes all rearing twins who died suddenly. Fortunately no further cases have occurred and the lambs have either been weaned or sold so the workload has decreased. The ewe milk replacer isn't cheap either. An orphan from birth will drink about £34 worth before weaning so if we can foster, we will. A massive thank you to all the lambing 'helpers' who came for the experience and got less of the ' lamb watch ' and more of the 'hands on'. Will keep you posted about 2015.
            
45 Gold Line point of lay hens at £7 each were collected on May 7th. They have settled in well and started to come outside on day two. We unloaded them onto the perches so hopefully at night they will fly back up there instead of crowding together in the nest boxes. In this sunshine they are now seeking shade ....... except for one. So far only twelve have started laying so it will be another couple of weeks before I am ready to part with the previous occupants of their hut. They are currently in an old farrowing house being 'barn hens'. We have retirement homes lined up for half of them so far  - available at £3 each.


The team of helpers for our Open Farm Day on Good Friday were busy with 200 visitors, the weather co-operated and many stayed for the BBQ ( of WTM produce ) and popular home made cakes. Phil is pictured here in full yarn mode with one of the lambs who was being bottle fed wondering where the milk was.

One of our vistors was a professional photographer who later emailed some great pictures including the two above - thanks Rebekah.

My husband seems to have spent the last month digging holes and then filling them in again - the large shallow hole as above which will become an area to store silage. Many rabbits have set up home in the adjacent straw shed and this new area will need rabbit fencing.

Then there is the deeper, narrower hole or trench for the footings of a wall. A shed currently used to store hay is being converted into a grain store. Poppy approves. The cement mixer has also been in action making another poured concrete wall, but I will spare regular readers another concreting photo'.
The first field was cut for silage on Thursday, ideally it would be bailed on Sunday but it may have to wait till Monday due to the baler contractor attending the Young Farmers' Show and Rally. Fortunately the weather is set fair.


 
 Please visit our web site              www.garrhousefarm.co.uk
Or contact us on 01206 735 694  or 07790 095 052

Kate Gladwin        Garr House Farm, Layer Road, Gt. Wigborough, Colchester Essex CO5 7RR







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