FarmingFriends Forum Switched Off For A Few Days

We just wanted to let you know that we have had to switch the forum off for a few days as it was getting hit by masses of spam in the background so we are looking at ways to combat this or make changes to the forum, so I will let you know when we are back on line. Sorry for the inconvenience. If you do have a question or issue related to your livestock or poultry please use the contact form to get in touch. Kind regards Sara

The Best Of Farming Friends 2010

As we welcome in the new year I thought it would be a good idea to take a look back over the website articles and pick out some of the best.

But before I give you my favourites, I’d just like to wish all the farmingfriends visitors, readers and customers a very prosperous New Year.

The farmingfriends website and  farmingfriends forum has now built up a worldwide community of farmers, smallholders and poultry/waterfowl keepers and I thank you for all your comments, photos, videos and letters sent in over the past year.

Our Favourites…

Farmingfriends forum

I set up the forum to develop a community of like minded people who could chat about their animals and ask questions and seek advice. The forum is very busy with smallholders, farmers and animal keepers from all over the UK as well as from France, Borneo, USA, Malta & Australia. The members keep a range of animals from ducks, geese, quail, guinea fowl, hens, pigs and cows as well as cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs. The forum chat discusses all aspects of animal rearing, keeping and breeding and also discusses other topics such as cooking and hobbies. The reason I have mentioned the forum is not only is it a place to chat about your animals or seek advice but it’s also a place to make new friends, so why not join the farmingfriends forum.

Letter’s from David in Cyprus

David lives in Cyprus and he has some land in the Troodos mountains where he has been planting trees and cultivating the land for food. David has sent me 13 letters to date telling me about life in Cyprus. His letters are a wonderful read and will transport you to beautiful Cyprus so that you feel like you have met David’s friends and participated in Cypriot life yourself.

Saddleback Piglets Born

For a few years I have kept some Saddleback sows, Cagney and Lacy, who have had 4 litters each. By the magic of the web, Belinda and Gregg who only live a few miles away, stumbled across the farmingfriends website in their search for Saddleback weaners. They bought six weaners from me over a year ago and these pigs are now having their own piglets.

Coccidiosis in chickens

Coccidiosis is a common disease of poultry which affects the digestive tract and is primarily found in chickens, turkeys and game birds. Read this article to find out some of the symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of coccidiosis.

Candling eggs

Read about candling eggs – how to candle, when to candle and candling results.

Incubating duck eggs

Read about the facts of incubating duck eggs – the Incubation Period, Incubation Temperature, Humidity Levels & the Final Day Of Egg Rotation.

Incubating guinea fowl eggs

I am often asked about incubating guinea fowl eggs, which from experience is not an easy thing to do. So read the article to learn about the incubation facts for incubating guinea fowl eggs.

Signs of a farrowing sow or gilt

I am often asked about how to tell when a sow or gilt is about to farrow, so read the article for the signs to look out for.

Pickled Beetroot Recipe

The pickled beetroot recipe is very popular with readers of the farmingfriends website and my husband.  Sometimes we don’t even get the pickled beetroot into bootles before we have eaten it, it’s that popular in our house, so go on grow some beetroot and then pickle some!

How to Grow Onions Instruction card

I have collaborated with Topveg to create a set of vegetable and herb growing cards. The most popular growing card for 2010 was the how to grow onions instruction card.

If there is something you would like to contribute to the farmingfriends website or forum then we would love to hear from you so just leave a comment.

Rogationtide Walk

This year our village is going to do a rogationtide walk. Traditionally this involved walking the boundary to the village, (way before maps were printed) and beating the bounds so that everyone knew where the boundaries where. Children seemed to get a rough deal as they were often dragged through hedges, beaten at a specific landmark and dunked in rivers or streams along the boundary, although they were rewarded with gifts at the end of the walk!

Village Church

Village Church

The church parishoners and the villagers this year will take a short walk around the village setting off from the church and then heading to the mill, across our neighbours field to our farmyard and then back up the lane to the church. Along the way the crops, fields and farms will be blessed.

Villagers are also being encouraged to bring along musical instruments, (that they can play!) to accompany any of the hymns that we sing, I think I’ll be leaving the violin and guitar at home as I can’t play either of them very well.

I am looking forward to this event which will take place on Sunday 6th June at 3pm especially since they will be blessing our farmyard. I will let you know how the walk goes and will take plenty of photos.

Farm Visit With Slow Food North Yorkshire

On Saturday 22nd May 2010 Slow Food Members Janet and Andrew Stott are opening their doors from 10am to 4pm to the members and friends of Slow Food North Yorkshire.

The event will include a visit of the farm which will give an insight into how Janet and Andrew produce their pedigree aberdeen angus beef, fed exclusively on grass and clover rich pastures and parkland. My hubby and I are really looking forward to going as we also breed beef cattle, although our cattle are predominantly Charolais.

All stock are born on Janet & Andrew’s farm and taken through to slaughter. Calves are naturally suckled and weaned around 8 months old, then reared slowly until approx 2 years old for maximum flavour. It is hung on the bone for 3.5 weeks. The meat has very low food miles as  it’s only 10 miles to slaughter then direct to customers.

On Saturday we will get the opportunity to taste their meat with lunch and then it will be available  to buy. We are looking forward to having some aberdeen angus beef in our freezer!

If you live in the York and are interested in this visit then please contact Slow Food North Yorkshire, the cost is £4 members/£6 non members and includes lunch/bring your own drinks. Look forward to seeing you there but I will post about the visit in the next few days, so check back in with farmingfriends to find out about the visit and the aberdeen angus beef.

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Burnby Vintage Day At Burnby Grange

On Sunday we went to Steve’s Uncle’s Vintage Day at Burny Grange. Some of the locals had brought their vintage tractors and crawlers to the field at the foot of the Wolds and were ploughing the field.

You can watch the video clip to see an Alice tractor driving the foster threshing machine and attached bailer, the vicar blessing the plough and Steve’s Uncle Derek driving his Track Marshall 70 and four furrow plough.

Hope you enjoyed this video clip as much as we enjoyed our visit to the Burnby Vintage Day.  The day was topped off with a sausage sarnie and coffee and a go on the tombola and I am pleased to report that I won two prizes!!!!

I have taken lots of photos so I will write another post showing you the other tractors and vechiles we saw at the vintage day.

If you have a vintage tractor and need some advice about repairs then check out the Vintage Tractor Engineer Website and Vintage Tractor Engineer Forum for the latest tips and advice.