Next fresh beef back Wed
Orders in by 6pm Sunday
It is another one of our home bred, Angus cross, grass fed beasts
which has hung for 3 weeks.
Orders taken for individually made up Beef Boxes. Basically spend
over £50 and get 10% off the individual prices. As a guide, a box can
contain 2 joints, 4 x casserole packs, 4 x mince, 2 x steaks and some
sausages or burgers. We are happy to tailor this to your individual
If you prefer to just buy one joint - let us know what size and we
can make sure to have it in stock.
Good Friday is your chance
to have a look round the farm.
Phil and I will be doing
guided tours lasting about 45 mins ( well, longer if you ask Phil anything ) every
half hour from 11 am till 4pm. There is no 1pm tour as we shall be
stopping for one of our burgers or sausages on the BBQ followed by
Sarah's cakes ( she's the lady who usually
does the free weekly deliveries if you are on our Thursday round ).
There will be a free
sausage tasting so you can try before you buy and a sausage deal in
the shop - 4 packs for £6.
Donations for the tour of £2 per adult
and £1 per child to help with the extra insurance cost would be
Please wear waterproof footwear as there will be a disinfectant foot
It is not advisable for anyone who is pregnant to visit the lambing
shed and this part can be avoided.
Bob's Garden -
After the Spring
cultivations the soil is ready for the seedlings in the greenhouse to
be planted out. Watch this space for seasonal availability or ask to
join the weekly email notification - we can then prepare and deliver
your order freshly dug or harvested.
Shop opening times:
and Saturdays 10am - 5pm
from 11am when we are
labelling up the fresh meat and processing orders for FREE DELIVERY
The Prunus at the front of the house indicates Spring has sprung. If the
photograph was clearer you could also see the straight lines made by
the apprentice as he rolled the grassland. The dry spell has allowed
for spiking, chain harrowing and fertilising the grassland as
necessary - it is good to get ahead with such tasks while the weather
We are expecting the imminent arrival of lambs and calves; both have
due dates from today with the rams having gone in on Nov 1st and the
bull arriving on June 20th. They were scanned a month ago by a
contractor with the specialist ultra sound equipment and expertise.
Disappointingly the 77 ewes scanned at 174 % made up of 5 barren, 19
singles, 44 twins and 9 triplets. The bulk of the singles are from
the 25 Welsh Mule shearlings which really
should be carrying twins. We deliberately did not mate them as ewe
lambs but gave them another year till they were shearlings
( having been shorn once ) - perhaps they
will reward us by being good mothers with plenty of milk and willing
to foster a triplet.
The pregnant ewes eating their 'cake' which is a cereal booster we
feed during the latter stages of pregnancy and early lactation.
The cows gave better scanning results with only one barren and
'Sailor' was the last of the original herd we bought in 2007 and she
wasn't in the first flush of youth then. She had pendulous udders when
milking and I shan't miss the prospect of teaching a stubborn calf to
search downwards for the teat instead
of the natural instinct to rootle upwards. The cows are scanned
internally via the rectum ( yes, he wears
protective gloves and waterproof apron ) and the image relayed to
special glasses. The ewes are done externally ( as
humans ) only they stand and an area naturally devoid of wool is used
on the tummy next to the back leg. It takes only seconds to determine
from the density of grey on the screen if she is barren, carrying a
single or twin but marginally longer to determine triplets and quads.
Following ongoing analysis and tweaking of the pig rations we have
had 3 consecutive weeks when the P2 back fat levels have suited the
butchers who buy our pigs. This is a relief all round and hopefully
we are now back on track. The process has involved altering slightly
all the rations we home mix ( weaner,
grower 1, grower 2, finishing, dry sow and lactating sow ) plus the
quantities fed and at what age. For example it is well documented
that changing accommodation ( necessitated
as the pigs outgrow the pens ) and type of feed at the same time has
an adverse effect on growth rate. We used to change them onto Grower
1 before moving from their weaner accomodation but are now leaving them on the weaner ration until 4 days after moving by which
time they have settled in.
his larger and warmer workshop, Phil has spent a considerable number
of hours improving the cattle handling system with the self inflicted
deadline of BVD testing. He has constructed a vet box ( shiny, red
oxide above ) which is positioned in the race behind the crush
( second hand, more rust coloured ) and in theory means one animal is
restrained in the crush and another waiting
behind the box while the sliding doors protect the vet between.
In practice it worked well especially as part of the race has a curve
and cattle follow better round a corner than straight on. All the
sections are movable using the teleporter
as we now have cattle either side of the road. This has also
necessitated a revamp of the livestock transporter.
Rusty parts on the sides and roof have been replaced and an entirely
new floor put in and painted with anti slip paint which leaves a finish
like sandpaper. As usual you can tell the Phil constructions by the
coat of red oxide.
Our muck for straw swap with a neighbour ground to a halt after he
hurt his knee skiing. Thankfully he is now back tractor driving and
the enormous heap which has grown over the winter should disappear in
time to reveal the main car park for our Open Farm Day on Good Friday ........... details
on the left. We look forward to seeing those of you who can make it -
please bring the sunshine with you.