How To Incubate Hen Eggs In An Incubator Without An Automatic Egg Turner

Here is a set of instructions for how to incubate hen eggs in an incubator without an automatic egg turner. Collect 6 to 12 fertile hen eggs. Store with the pointed end of egg facing down. Plug in the incubator the day before adding eggs to make sure it is working. Add water to the … Read more

Beetroot And Cottage Cheese Recipe

I use cottage cheese for this recipe, but you could interchange this for a crumbly cheese such as feta, wensleydale, cheshire or caerphilly. I find this is a versatile accompaniment.  It obviously lends itself to cold meat and salad dishes or with new potatoes, but can also be served with something like steak or hot … Read more

Fodder Beet

We grow fodder beet here on the farm as a feed for the cattle. Fodder beet is a similar plant to the more commonly seen sugar beet plant.  The sugar content is lower, but the yield per acre is typically somewhat higher.  Sugar beet growers may typically expect to grow between 20 and 30 tonnes … Read more

Grass Weed Control In Cereals

Certain grass weeds are becoming a very big problem for UK farmers in arable rotations.  This is due to a combination of reasons which is providing the ‘perfect storm’ for their proliferation. Most farmers are experiencing this to some degree, although certain farming systems and soil types create the correct conditions for grass weeds to … Read more

Goat Farming

Sales of goat meat have been rising quite dramatically over the past few years.  This trend seems to be related to the fact that goat meat tended to be mainly consumed by certain ethnic groups and most of the meat was from older animals (a bit like the relationship between mutton and lamb). However, in … Read more

Hedgecutting

Today my main task on the farm has been hedgecutting.  There is only a few days left of hedgecutting season, as it is illegal to cut farm hedgerows from 1st of March onwards to protect nesting birds. We purchased a new (well second hand) hedgecutter recently.  The old one only had a 4.5m reach and … Read more