Yesterday the first of the Summer eatage cattle went back home to the farm opposite. They went with no trouble at all, following friend and farmer G, who had a feed bag in his hand, which he kept rattling. They went straight into their Winter quarters and began eating.
So today the farmer has hired the big muck spreader from friend M and is spending the day leading the muck out of the loose housing and spreading it on the fields above the farm, which now have no stock in them. He is hoping to have it all finished before dark and then he can lay the straw bedding down and as soon as some dry cows are ready for coming in it will be all ready for them. I love it when the dry cows are in - they will all be in calf and they are a pleasure to watch as they sit around chewing the cud, rising now and again to eat the silage and then sitting down again in the nice clean straw. Not a bad life (while it lasts!)
There is no doubt here that the weather, although still very pleasant and sunny, has turned very Autumnal. There are night time frosts and the temperature barely rises above around twelve degrees. So you can be sure there will be cattle in any time soon.
And the farm cats, Blackie and Creamy, are at the back door every time I go out, asking for milk - they don't bother in the Summer but once the cooler weather comes - they are here.