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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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a cheerful morning

This morning we have bright sunshine on one side of the farm and thick fog on the other side. The drilling is going well so far and everyone is cheerful as the end of the land work could be finally in sight. Fingers crossed!

This is one of our favourite you tube clips, a lovely melody and great photographs, enjoy. Guaranteed to make you smile even in the toughest of times.

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almost in

It is great to be able to report that at long last we have had a completely rain free week, and in the last two days some welcome sunshine which has lifted our spirits somewhat.

By tonight the corn that has remained standing in the fields should finally all be in, and in the garden the onion crop has is lifted and is now drying outside in the sun.

Today, everyone is working on the land, ploughing, combining and carting corn and the animals are relaxing in the sun.

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