By law all cattle in this country must have 2 ear tags. Each animal must have 2 tags in case they lose one of them. The tags have a number which consists of 2 parts. The tag has a herd number on it which identifies the animal’s place of birth. The second number on the tag identifies … Read more Cattle Ear Tags
January’s jobs on a cattle and arable farm can include; Harvesting sugar beet. Winter ploughing. Testing soil for nutrients. Selling surplus grain. Cleaning out cattle sheds. Muck spreading. Bedding up cattle once a day. Feeding cattle twice daily. Milling and mixing animal feed. Disbudding (dehorning) calves. Calving cows. Feeding poultry twice a day. Letting poultry … Read more The Farming Year – January
Can you eat guinea fowl eggs? Yes is the answer and they are “eggstremely” tasty – my opinion! Did you know? Roughly 2 guinea fowl eggs = 1 large chicken egg. Guinea eggs are brown. The shells are very hard! In the laying season, guinea hens lay daily. No Tags
Every evening follows the same routine during the quiet farming period. I arrive home around 6.30pm to find the cats on the doorstep ready to be fed. After a quick chat with the three bundles of fur; Snowy, Fluffy and Snowball, I enter the farmhouse kitchen with it’s sloping floor and leaking chimney, to find … Read more The Premature Alien!
How many ways can you cook a courgette? No this is not the latest joke but a question that many a Farmer’s wife will ask in their culinary lifetime! Well let me tell you, anymore than one courgette in the vegetable patch, (when positioned correctly!) means you too can answer this question! Our first Summer on the farm … Read more Courgette Explosion!
December 2005 – I had a bit of a problem today when I tried to put the guinea fowl back in their huts. They do not like to stand and walk in the snow which has arrived just a little late to make it a white Christmas. Typical! This snow was going to be a big problem to me … Read more Guinea Fowl Do Not Like Snow – They Think It’s Foul!!
French breed. Beef cattle. Gingery, red in colour. Have horns. Lighter build than the Charolais breed. Can have a flighty temperament. Limousin calves are often quick to stand after birth. No Tags
Cattle and guinea fowl do not really mix well together. I first realised this last year when my housework was interrupted by an awful lot of squawking. Picture the scene….. Farmer’s wife with feather duster in hand, poised and ready to dust, when suddenly the tranquil calm was disturbed by the machine gunner noise of a … Read more Cattle and Guinea Fowl Do Not Mix!
A light breed. Originally exported from the Italian port of Leghorn. Good egg layers. Lay white eggs. Not recommended for their meat. At maturity they weigh approximately 1.5/2kg. Female leghorns have a folded single comb. Female leghorns can mix with Guinea Fowl. HattyHatty
Guinea fowl chicks are called keets. They are born with their eyes open. Their bodies are covered in down when they are first born. Keets can drink and feed themselves without trouble after 24 hours. They eat crushed up chick crumbs for the first 6 weeks. Keep the keets in a brooder with a temperature … Read more Guinea Fowl Chicks