Fungi – Friend Or Foe?!

Fungi grow in a wide variety of places. Over the last few years I have found them growing all over our farm. In open fields.                           In the hedgerows.                         In the orchard.                           In barns.                                                     In plant containers.                               On fenceposts.                               On trees.                                         Here are some photographs of the fungi I have found.                                    … Read more

Flying High And Glad To Be Alive!

It was late September and a beautifully sunny Saturday morning. I was up very early to feed the animals as I had to be up and off before 8am. Normally I would get a little lie in on a Saturday morning but since this was not the case, I was not feeling as bright and cheerful as the weather. … Read more

Differences Between Lowland And Hill Breeds Of Sheep

There are many different sheep breeds in the Uk.  The differences between each breed are often due to the environment in which the animals live. Consider the poor grazing and harsh climate of the mountainous regions of Britain in comparison to the lush grazing lowlands of Southern England. Areas which grow nutritious grass tend to produce large, muscular sheep, … Read more

Cattle Ear Tags

                                           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

The Farming Year – January

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

Can You Eat Guinea Fowl Eggs?

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

The Premature Alien!

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

Limousin Cattle

  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