Well I went to get the horse in for a bit of a spruce up as I was fed up with office work and when I got out in the yard I had to change my mind. The noise in the farm yard was deafening. The steam cleaner and other noisy equipment including a heavy duty drill are in use all around the yard and right beside Mollie’s stable. The sound was far too reminiscent of the recent episode of the roaring bikes to risk another incident just as she is recovering.
The old brick range of horse boxes are being steam cleaned and disinfected ready for the next 2 pigs to farrow, one due from this week and another in 2 weeks, and also the new cattle crush is being cemented in to its permanent position and new access gates have been put in the race for the safety of the vet and everyone who works with these large animals. This race has been specifically designed for our horned cattle and has just come back from the galvanising works. A cattle crush is not the feeling you get when you really like cows, it is the means of holding them still and preventing them from crushing you while weighing or administering routine veterinary treatments for worms and parasites.
The saddler is coming at 4pm to check the fitting of an almost new saddle I have got on sale or return. If it turns out not to be right [ but I think it will be] I must send it back this week for a refund.
The blacksmith is returning on Wednesday after shoeing the horse with a full new set of shoes on Friday and she lost one immediately… luckily I’ve never had that happen before but the loss of the shoe and the ever present threat of the bikers does rather curtail what and where we can go. However support is increasing in an attempt to keep the countryside safe with many locals and various parish councils now joining together to try to stop this menace.
In the meantime I have been selling very rare gilts for breeding and possibly a few sheep too, to some smallholders who are just starting out. It is good fun and quite the opposite to selling thousands of tons of grain which of course Jethro does all the time.