March 2014RSS feed

Is it Spring?

Monday 3 March, 2014

by Rosemary Champion at 8:54am in General livestock 1 comment Comments closed

If it's not Spring, it certainly feels like it's on its way.

We're feeding the pregnant ewes now (and the very greedy ewe hoggs that are runnng with the singles); the Heptavac should arrive tomorrow for rapid adminiistration - a glitch (Dan thought I'd ordered it and vice versa) means we'll be a few days later than usual, and the tup and cull ewe go away on Wednesday.

We're to be at Dunblane by 8am, so we're going to load them on Tuesday night and leave them with hay and water so that we can make a quick, stress free getaway in the morning. The two have been in the byre together for more than a week, so they're quite happy to bunk up together and the trailer's well big enough for two. I've filled out the movement licence and got the tags ready, so I think we're OK. I'm not really looking forward to it - Nellie was one of my favourite ewes.

Hen productivity

Monday 3 March, 2014

by Rosemary Champion at 3:16pm in Poultry 3 comments Comments closed

We record the number pf eggs we collect from each of our two henhouses each day. At the end of each month, I total it and, with reference to the number of days in the month and the number of hens in the house, I calculate productivity.

For February, the green house, with the remaining 27 of the 40 pullets that I bought in October is at 82%. The brown house, with 17 hens I bought POL April last year and 28 Black Rocks that I bought day-old in Spring 2011 ????, is at 47%. I suspect most of the production is coming from the 2013 birds :-)

A trip to the abattoir

Wednesday 12 March, 2014

by Rosemary Champion at 4:18pm in General livestock 11 comments Comments closed

We took the barren ewe and the tup to the abattoir on Wednesday. We were told to be there at 8am, and it's an hour and a half away so we decided to load them the night before. The trailer was duly bedded with straw, bucket of water and pile of hay - then the two followed a bucket in for the "last supper". Car hitched up ready for a quick getaway in the morning :-)

In the morning, both were lying cudding - we'd kept them together for a couple of weeks so they knew each other. Off we went, on time at 6.30am. Arrived just on 8am; did the paperwork and went to unload them.

Heptavac and some retail therapy smallholder style

Wednesday 12 March, 2014

by Rosemary Champion at 4:42pm in Sheep Comments closed

The Heptavac arrived on Friday, so we jagged all twenty sheep on Saturday. Oh, it's so EASY when you have the right size of needle!

In a fit of retail madness, I bought syringes and needles. Loads of them. I reckon I have enough 2ml syringes to last me 17 years, at current usage rates.

Now I need some good boxes to store them in, since they'll be around awhile :-)

Turnout time

Wednesday 12 March, 2014

by Rosemary Champion at 4:43pm in Cattle 1 comment Comments closed

The two cows, heifer and heifer calf were housed on 20th December. It was the first time in the new barn extension and, with usage, there are a couple of modifications to be made before next winter - and I won't be bedding the feed area, as it proved impossible to keep it adequately clean. So next year, I'll just clean it every day and deep bed the lying area.

We applied pour-on a couple of weeks ago with the intention of turning them out this weekend coming but Dan was at home yesterday, it was a lovely day and a good forecast for the next five days, so we decided to put them out in the afternoon.

Final preparations for lambing and the pigs arrive.

Thursday 27 March, 2014

by Rosemary Champion at 11:12am in Sheep Comments closed


© The Accidental Smallholder Ltd 2003-2024. All rights reserved.

Design by Furness Internet

Site developed by Champion IS