We have run a small suckler beef herd since 2007 and successfully hired a in bull each year. As our herd has a high health status the bull has to under go some pre flight checks with our vet to make sure he isn't going to bring in any diseases. The nominated bull failed one of these ( IBR ) this year and we were left with the dilemma of cows and heifers coming on heat, not wanting to delay mating as that would push calving too late in the Spring and being unable to find another suitable 'rent a bull'. So, the decision was made to purchase our most expensive animal yet ........ at £3,500 take a closer look at the shape which we hope will in two years time lead to some prime rump steaks on your plate.
Hence the unusual site for us of having wrapped big square bales. Yes, I know they are rectangular .... just as the 'round' bales are actually cylindrical !
Another problem has been the pigs being too tubby when reaching finishing weight. Long term we will sort this with the breeding but in the short term they needed to be on a different diet, one which included more fibre rather than protein and energy. After consultation with our nutritionist, the inclusion of middlings, wheat bran ( the difference between white bread and brown bread ), was deemed to be the answer. We home mix our rations and had no storage for a different ingredient so a new bin was needed.
The growing pigs have been on their new rations for three weeks now and the back fat levels are getting down to the more desirable 11ml as measured on the carcasses.
We have had owl boxes in some barns for a couple of years now and have seen barn owls around. Curiosity got the better of Phil and a quick opening of the door with camera phone at the ready revealed three slightly startled owlets - and that their box needs mucking out.
No newsletter would be complete without a concreting picture, so just to show the mixer was in action again last month .........
another load off to create a wall. we have run out of time to put in the floor to complete the grain store and fill it up this harvest, may be for next year .........