the coming of the spring grass

The sun is still shining and the grass is growing well while all the time the tractors are still rolling on the arable land.

The growth of the new grass is much easier to measure on the other side of the fence as it is nibbled immediately within the field boundaries. The ram lambs still come for their daily feed home grown barley but are less keen for it which is a sure sign of the coming of the spring grass.

The stock work is piling up with vaccinations due, cattle still to be weighed and all manner of sheep to be moved to fresh grazing on previous set aside to give the sheep a natural nutritional boost while at the same time home resting the home pastures before lambing.

There are just not enough hours in the day or enough manpower available at the same time to get through all the urgent tasks at the exact time they need to be done. The pressure we are all feeling, from the arable and livestock sides of the business, is so typical of mixed farming systems in the spring and autumn. After all these years we ought to be either hardened to it or have come up with a better plan but we haven’t yet and everything usually works out fine in the end.

The boar appears much better and will now be used on 3 of our girls.

In the meantime we plough on with the computerising of the accounts and the planning for various access visits including Open Farm Sunday on 7th June, and various other educational access visits.

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2 responses to “the coming of the spring grass

  1. Pondside

    I need to go have a nap after reading your last few posts. You have a full life. I can’t believe you aren’t writing an agricultural column for a magazine or paper, as your posts are very easy to read and very interesting, even for someone who’s sole link with farming is some pet goats and ducks and a coop of laying hens.

  2. Tiggywinkle

    I read your posts with great interest. It is excitingl to follow your farming year, without all the hard work. Your writing flows, and is so vivid and informative. It gives me lots of pleasure, thank you. Had 2 wonderful visits to The Rare Breed Trust, and the Wild Fowl trust at Evesham many years ago. Rare breeds are now popular in Ireland.

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