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Christmas preparations

Tuesday 24 December, 2013

by Rosemary Champion at 12:33pm in Agriculture Comments closed

We've had some strong and gusty winds and some rain here, but thankfully, we've escaped the worst of the weather so far.

The cows and calves are now housed here at Dalmore and the bull and bullock are at Astwood in the wood and the paddock beside it. There's still a bit of grass but we'll start feeding them a  bit of hay after Christmas. They have a molassed lick too.

The cows are on a mix of hay and straw with a a molassed lick and have settled in fine. Blizzard (boss cow), her 2012 heifer, Annie, and her bullock from this year, Charlie, feed together - as do Breeze and Bonny. The straw is ad-lib, so they just pick away at it and I top it up with some hay twice a day. Blizzard and her two are first at the barrier and Breeze and Bonny aren't allowed in until they are finished, so I give Breeze and Bonny their own hay. Seems to work fine.

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