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Broom House Farm News July

t's now reached the point where we will probably not have time to take our usual second cut of silage off the fields, as we need the pastures to grow a fog of grass to fatten the lambs on and flush the ewes in the Autumn. As the grass and clover carry on growing, the silage crops increase in volume but decrease in feed quality, losing sugar and protein.  This may mean that we have to buy in some supplementary feed this winter, we'll find out once we test the grass in the silage pit.  It's all very scientifc these days.  We have ploughed up a couple of the poorer performing grazing fields and will sow a crop of stubble turnips to help boost feed this winter. 

 

The new bull is still with his 28 bulling heifers, in the field known as Moonbase on the top corner of the lane leading along to the farm. He looks very relaxed, do stop and try and spot him next time you are passing.  School children have been on trailer rides to see the cattle in the Beast Field next to the drive; the cattle are very nosy and come right up to the trailer to say hello.

 

This week some of the remaining sheep are finally being sheared.  Also a bit overdue, the Nelless brothers will be here on Friday with a friend.  They have 1600 ewes left to clip and the 3 of them usually manage 700 a day.  We have a school visiting so they will enjoy watching the action and learning about shearing sheep and where the wool ends up.  Mark has been moving she sheep closer to the Broom House steading as the weather is still catchy. Sheep must be dry for clipping or the wool goes mouldy in the wool sacks.  We lost a few sheep in the floods last week, they floated off down the River Browney; some managed to get out at Diggerland but the rest probably ended up in the North Sea. 

  

We have sold the first of this year's lamb crop.  They travelled to Wales on a great big wagon but could end up in a Sainsbury's organic chill cabinet near you. 

laura
BBQ at the Coffee Shop - Happy 21st Birthday Laura!

 

Open Farm Sunday was a success this year, in spite of the grey weather we had a good turn out, our BBQ went really well as did the free farm walks and trailer rides.  Many thanks to Judith Dryden, from Murton Moor Farms, who came across and volunteered her help for the day, our visitors enjoyed hearing about her enormous modern machinery and beautiful Christmas turkeys and geese.

 

11 July, 2012 at 19:07

Tags: Broom House Farm, weather, july news, open farm

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