As you all know, we house our neighbour and friend's cattle over the winter; this usually means in-calf heifers from the milking herd of pedigree Holsteins.
Bit by bit they have been coming in, being brought round by the road from their farm, to spend the winter months in deep straw, awaiting the birth of their calves in the New Year. But today saw a large influx as the very last came out of the fields (where there is still plenty of grass for them) and into the barn. This was not so much because the weather is against them - they don't need to overeat when they are in calf and there is still plenty of sunshine most days. The reason they have come in is because they need to be kept together for tomorrow and also easily accessible. It is a big day.
The TB tester is coming to test the whole herd for TB. This is always a tense time for farmers and although we are not in an area where TB is a real scourge, it will still be a great relief when the testing has been done. We have our fingers crossed that every single cow will test negative.