WTM Newsletter Issue 45 ........ ( late for ) June 2014
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Fresh 21 day hung, grass fed, Angus cross, home reared beef back Wed 30th July

For special cuts, orders or  to reserve a box please let me know by 6pm Sunday ........hmmm, yes, tomorrow.

MINI BEEF BOX - A mixture of fore and hind quarter joints, diced, steaks, mince, sausages and burgers made up to your requirements. £50 worth for £45. Just let me know what you would like.

Opening times:

Thursdays - when we are labelling up the fresh meat 11am - 3pm ish.
Fridays - 10 am - 5pm
Saturdays 10am - 5pm
Plus other times when the OPEN sign is showing.
Please ring if you are making a special journey or to arrange delivery.

Regular FREE local delivery on a Thursday. If you would like an email reminder of the seasonal veg available - just ask.

Bob's veg - currently available;

Cherry tomatoes - really tasty
Potatoes
LARGE white onions
Red onions
Garlic
Rhubarb
And the bean fest .....
Broad
French
Runner

BBQ BOX

A selection of grill meats to include 8 burgers, 16 sausages of various flavurs then a selection from steaks, chops, ribs and kebab meats. Should satisfy 8 - 10 carnivores.
Individually priced at over £25, yours for £20.
Frozen stocks always available, fresh boxes will have less selection and are only available Thursday - Sunday.
 Come and visit the WTM stall at the 5 Parishes Show next Sunday. A fun day out for all ages........ bring your dog along ( on a lead at all times ) there is the dog show with fun classes and from 12:30 a chance to play Musical Bales in the main ring. Just turn up and have a go, when the music stops all 6 feet of dog and handler need to be off the ground. See you there !

Rush job again this month as the deadline for fresh beef orders approaches - see side column. Welcome to some news of recent farming activities at Garr House and a blatant plug for our produce - home produced beef, pork, lamb, free range eggs and veg'.

The baler has been in action again, this time on barley straw and just to prove everything is early this year - also on wheat. Having some old fashioned buildings unsuitable for large bales we still use a lot of the small conventional bales. As combine sizes increase and hence the swath size they leave behind, it gets increasingly hard to find rows of straw small enough for our conventional baler to cope with. Fortunately our straw for muck arrangement continues with a neighbour.

Apparently inches count and an extra 22 added to the new trailer mean more efficient haulage of bales, so when you are stuck behind a trailer on the roads this summer as least you know we are trying to cut down the number of journeys.
 
            





When housed, all our animals have straw bedding which produces a large amount of muck which has to be stored until field conditions are right for spreading. A standing heap produces a liquid discharge and there are regulations for storage and disposal of this as well as the solid waste. We needed a more robust system for storing the liquid prior to spreading and making use of a large
  pipe end, a square hole was dug and the round pipe inserted.

Further ingenuity from my husband means a lid was created, made out of concrete of course.                                      

 So, we now have a secure liquid storage tank. next problem, how to empty it - for this dear reader you will have to wait till next month as it has yet to arrive though the bank balance has taken a dip.
                           
The concrete mixer has not been idle this month. One pad takes three days. One to prepare, the second to lay and the third to remove the formers.




The floor won't have hardened in time to store grain this harvest which the long term plan, in the short term it will continue as a straw shed.
Excitement ! A new concreting tool has been puchased; picture below of Phil using the bull float. Actually quite clever as it can be angled so when it is pulled towards you it doesn't bring the cement with it. No more kneeling down and stretching over with a trowel whilst balanced on a crawling board; ah! modernisation.
                         

How to say cool if you are a sheep.







Have your coat taken off. Not before time as the muggy weather is condusive to fly strike. We are having to keep a close eye on the lambs and didn't need the unforecasted heavy showers yesterday just after we had applied the fly control chemical ...... or had 400 straw bales unstacked.

How to say cool if you are a Poppy .
 
 

         
 


 

Farming folk are always going on about the weather, indeed the forecast is crucial to decision making. Recently Phil has discovered and is happy to share with any and all visitors:

http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=lightning;sess=

Enjoy !
 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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