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Lambs / Bees / Zephyr

Monday 22 April, 2019

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Monday 15th April

Short but heavy rain shower overnight; cold, cloudy and windy during the day. Feels like rain but it’s stayed dry. Bought a big bale haynet for the ponies.

Tuesday 16th April

Weather’s continuing cool and grey. Had a smallholders lie-in today – did the chores then went back to bed for a couple of hours.

No2 is close to lambing – so not the 6th May as I thought. So that’s just her and the mad Shetlands to go.

No5 / PIgs / Pullets

Monday 15 April, 2019

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Monday 8th April

Lovely spring day – sunny and warm. Moved No5 to the maternity ward then went for hay. Dosed No7 and No11 and tailed their lambs; turned out No11 but keeping No7 in until I’m sure the lamb’s eyes are better.

Turned out the pet lambs during the day but brought them into the maternity ward for overnight, just to be sure they’re safe.

Managed to get our personal tax returns done and off to the accountant; one down, three to go.

Dave / Wayne / Tim

Monday 8 April, 2019

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Monday 1st April

Where’s the rain? And the grass? A wee bit drizzle today – not good enough. And it’s cold.

First open farm tour today; Niamh lambed a few minutes before everyone arrived so first stop was the lambing shed to see her and her lambs. Both the kids and the adults loved it; Niamh wasn’t in the slightest bit bothered. She’s got a black boy and a black girl. The wee boy has quite bad entropion. If I can’t sort it by tomorrow, I’ll need to get the vet to put a stitch in it.

Lambs / Rainbows / Lambs

Tuesday 2 April, 2019

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Monday 1st April

Sunny, and with the wind dropped, much warmer feeling. No6 doing well with her two ewe lambs – weighed at 4.3kg and 4.5kg at 24 hours.  At 1pm, No14 lambed a black tup and a white tup; white one came head only, black one with a leg back. They’re all fine though; she has plenty milk and loves them both.

yinYin and Yang.

Sheep / Leo / Lambs

Tuesday 26 March, 2019

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Monday 18th March

Braw day! Fields are drying up nicely and the water levels in the ditch have dropped significantly. Bit of warmth now should see the grass come away nicely. Up early and had the hen houses cleaned out before breakfast.

ditchWater levels dropping nicely.

Vaccinated the cows with Bravoxin 10; perfect timing for Rosie’s calf but a bit early for Blizzard’s, but better than nothing.  They were OK  - Rosie jumped but at least she didn’t take the huff, unlike after the foot trimmer / flukicide, when she wouldn’t eat her sugar beet for two days.

Steers out / Fence / Ark

Tuesday 19 March, 2019

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Monday 11th March

Sunny, with a cold wind. Despite putting rugs on the ponies last night, Ave was rugless this morning. How do they do that? Smokey and Leo had their feet trimmed.

aveAve, rugless.

rugRug, all buckles and straps intact.

Honey / Urquhart/ Pig fence

Wednesday 13 March, 2019

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Monday 4th March

Heavy rain overnight but sun and wind today drying it up.

Got a reminder that Smokey’s vaccinations were due; checked Leo’s passport to see when his are due – and apparently, he’s never had any. According to his passport anyway. What a joke equine passports are – a useless piece of legislation that isn’t enforced and of which no-one takes any notice. Anyway, Smokey isn’t due a tetanus until next year, so I’ll get Leo done the next time the vet’s out for something else. With lambing coming up, it’s more than likely they’ll be here for something.

Rubbish / Piglets / Roo

Monday 4 March, 2019

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Monday 25th February

Cool and misty this morning but the sun was out by 9am, with a lovely day to follow.

Dan harrowed the last of the seven paddocks for the first time. I spent the day in the office.

Here's Roo.

rooRoo and her sister.

Tuesday 26th February

Up at 4am with pesky dogs – very frosty then, but the sun was out by breakfast time. Lovely weather but it won’t last. False Spring.

Bambi and Kit / Harrowing / Urquhart

Monday 25 February, 2019

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Monday 18th February

Office day – finally finished the quarterly VAT return. My least favourite job, so it always feels good when it’s done.

Dan cut and packed a dozen orders for comfrey root cuttings.

Met with Kit Martin, who will be running some workshops here later in the year. All good! Very pleased.

Tuesday 19th February

Light ground frost this morning, then sun then rain this evening.

Dan and I had a business meeting. The plan is to meet weekly to decide what needs to be done and by whom  – we’re using Trello now but I really prefer a paper list.

Ave / spuds / snowdrops

Monday 18 February, 2019

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Monday 11th February

Back from holiday today – no disasters, except for Gwenna’s escapology, which is an annoyance rather than a disaster. Emptied the car, opened the mail then off to East PItkerro to put hay in for the steers. Their bedding is standing up much better now that there's a deep layer. We might not muck it out this summer for that reason.

Tara took delivery of her new on-loan horse. She’s called Ave and is a teenaged grey Irish Draft. The boys seem to like her.

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