The Female Guinea Fowl Call
Watch this video clip to find out what the female guinea fowl sounds like.

Female guinea fowl can make 2 types of call.
The 1 syllable call can also be made by the males and sounds like, “Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah……”
This call is very loud and is usually made to frighten away predators.
The 2 syllable call can only be made by the female and sounds like they are saying, “Come back, come back, come back.”
This call is used to communicate with other guinea fowl and is sometimes made when one of the females has been separated from the group.

The Final Sugar Beet Harvest On Our Farm
Watch the final sugar beet harvest on our farm in the clip below.

The sugar beet harvester drives over the rows of sugar beet, harvesting the crop.
The machine cuts the tops off the crop and lifts the beet which is sent along a conveyer belt and stored in the harvester.
At the end of the rows the sugar beet is then loaded into the awaiting trailer.
The process is repeated and another row of sugar beet is harvested and then loaded into another trailer at the other end of the field.
With the closure of the York Sugar Beet Factory in February 2007, this is footage of the final sugar beet harvest on our farm as we will no longer be farming this crop. A moment in history captured on film.

A Charolais Cow Calving
Watch this video clip of a charolais cow calving and the immediate minutes after the birth.

Week Old Guinea Fowl Keets
This is a video clip of my week old guinea fowl keets and their antics in the brooder.

Watch as the 10 guinea fowl keets scrat, scratch, peck and cheep their way around the brooder. Wheat straw has never been so exciting!!

An Assisted Lambing
Back in January my husband and I went to film some lambs being born, which was a story in itself (Nature Waits For No Man, Not Even A Camera Man).

Watch this video clip of an assisted lambing with two lambs being born and then the ewe bonding with her lambs only minutes later.

I hope you enjoyed watching Lazy Bones The Ewe giving birth and bonding with Sootie and Charcoal the Lambs.

Day Old Guinea Fowl Keets

I am always amazed at the abilities and instincts of newborn animals.

New born guinea fowl keets very quickly have the ability to walk about with some speed. They also quickly find the water and food that is placed in the brooder and instinctively know what to do.

Here is a short video clip of 6 of my newly hatched guinea fowl keets. They are only a day old and can be seen scurrying around the brooder on their first day out of the incubator.

Their independence from adult intervention and support is amazing to watch, although the newborn keets do like to huddle together and hide amongst the straw, especially when my camera enters the brooder!!

There are 6 guinea fowl keets, one white keet and five lavender keets. I have already decided that I am going to keep the white keet for breeding purposes and am trying to think of a name. If you can think of an appropriate name after watching the video then please let me know.

Now enter the world of the brooder by clicking on the video clip!

I hope you enjoyed your time in the brooder with the day old guinea fowl keets! Come back and visit them again soon.

Suckler Cows And Calves

At this time of year the suckler cows and calves are put out to grass in a field with an electric fence so that the cattle do not escape from the field. The calves were born in the fold yard and are not used to the electric fence so we placed an electric fence in the fold yard for a few days to train the calves not to touch the electric fence when they are placed in the field.

We also bought two cows and their calves last week. They were placed in the field and not in the fold yard so that the cattle did not fight with the new cows. When the cattle are placed in the field they usually don’t fight as there is enough space for them to mix well together.

Watch the video clip of the suckler cows and calves.

I hope that you enjoyed watching the farming life video diary of our suckler cows and calves.

Charolais Cattle Eating Silage

During Autumn and Winter the Charolais cattle are kept in the fold yard and are fed silage twice a day. Here is a video clip of the Charolais cows and bull eating the silage.

It is interesting to note that the bull is at the front end of the trough and this is where he always feeds when the silage is placed in the troughs. This indicates that the bull is the highest ranking Charolais in the fold yard.

I hope you have enjoyed watching my cattle eat their silage.

Calves Born On The Farm

In late January 2009 at about 6.00am a Charolais heifer calf was born to Number 28 Charolais cow. Then this afternoon a Limousin cross bull calf was born to a Limousin Cross cow.

Here is a video of the cows and calves.

The Charolais calf is suckling after about 4 hours and the mother is very protective and won’t let the farmer get close to the calf so the calf’s navel can’t be sprayed.

The Limousin calf was standing and suckling after about half an hour and the farmer was able to spray the navel with Alymacin spray to protect the calf from infection.