Saturday, 6 November 2010
The heifers arrive.
Here on the farm we are beginning to batten down the hatches in preparation for the coming Winter. Today the farmer has had a bonfire in the field to burn all the blackberry thorns, hedge clippings and rubbish which have accumulated over the last month or two. I took the opportunity to clear my study and made several trips to the fire with bags of rubbish. Now I feel really pleased that my study is clean and tidy, I know where everything is (fingers crossed!) and I can start my next project.
The first of the in-calf heifers have also arrived today; six pedigree Holstein heifers belonging to our neighbour, who uses our loose housing for his young beast.
Now that the fields are very wet underfoot and more heavy rain and gales are forecast for the coming week, these young stock, in calf (and like all pregnant females in need of a bit of TLC), are better inside being looked after. I must say, standing in deep, clean straw and with a good heap of silage to eat they are looking very happy tonight.
It has been a lovely day today, so I have also put a photograph of the view up our fields above - Tess and I did our afternoon walk/rabbit sniff and really everywhere looked so lovely. Now bad weather is forecast so today will be a memory to savour.