I got two guinea fowl for Christmas in 2018- they where adult guineas, one boy and one girl and not tame in the slightest. Long story short- they are no longer here so I have hatched out some keets to raise.
Every year ahead of lambing we get all the pregnant sheep in to scan them. Exactly the same as with human pregnancy an ultrasound machine is used that shows how many lambs each ewe is expecting!
Feed is really important for our animals to help ensure they are happy and healthy. We give different types of feed to different animals for various reasons but on a day to day basis the feeding requirement doesn’t change.
Throughout the winter the cows are bought into the barns and they remain here until spring when the ground has dried up again. When you have a lot of cows inside, you guessed it, there is a lot of muck! Mucking out the sheds takes place every couple of months or as and when it’s needed.
It’s Sunday morning, the 23rd December, and my husband goes down to the farm, as he does every-morning, to feed the cows and go round the sheep. It’s a normal morning getting Henry up and having breakfast when the husband returns with a closed cardboard box!
Our two call ducks had their first hatch of ducklings and I got so excited I forgot to post the pictures! It was such a wonderful time, a completely new learning experience but I loved every minute of it and it has inspired me to go on and breed more.
Every morning I ask my other half – what are you doing today?
When we first got together he would say ‘Going to check the animals’ and I thought it was just a cop-out so he could just drive round the fields and not really do a lot. It’s only know I have learned more that I understand how important a job this is.
If you can drive round all the animals and be home for a cup of tea without having to do anything more, it has been a good morning.
If we ever decide to have a lie in or a nice relaxing day, you can guarantee that is the day the sheep escape!
The majority of sheep spend all day in the field grazing and minding their own business. Every group has that one rebel sheep though, normally one key ring leader with three or four key followers who work on their own. They spend every minute from the moment you put them in a field to the moment you move them to the next trying to figure out how to escape!
Well the cows have been in all winter and the time has come to release them! The weather was particularly bad this year and combined with the date of our TB test it meant the cows were kept in a bit longer than normal.
In the winter we bring all of our cows inside. The wet weather and cold is the driver behind why we do this- mainly because there is a lack of fresh green grass for us to rotate them round, and thereby no food for them, secondly the cows will churn up a wet muddy field in a matter of days making massive ruts and ruining the ground.