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Genetsran / PCHS / Orkney

Monday 7 August, 2023

by Rosemary at 8:07pm in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 24th July

Today was blood sampling day for the cattle. Calves had samples taken for BVD testing and the cows and bull had samples taken for disease testing for the Premium Cattle Health Scheme. And *whispers* we tagged the three remaining calves. The four cows were jagged with Genestran to bring them back into season, then they were all turned out, along with Grey, who was very, very happy. Now he gets extra sex.

It all went fine; I get really anxious and overthink it, even though we’ve done it multiple times. Results won’t be back or two weeks; assuming they are OK, I can then advertise Baby and Bronte and their calves for sale.

Stumps / Sweetcorn / Grey

Monday 14 August, 2023

by Rosemary at 12:15pm in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 7th August

Having no sheep has made such a difference to our grass supply – and the weather this year has helped. I’m trying to move the cattle round the five paddocks on a weekly basis but because they have access to the shed during the day, we only have one electric fence and the layout of the paddocks, it’s not always possible to exclude them from Near Ditch. But we’re doing our best. The ponies will be in Near Ditch in the winter, so will hopefuly reduce any worms on the sward.

Love / Sweet peas / Electric wire

Monday 21 August, 2023

by Rosemary at 11:03am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 14th August

Blizzard and Grey totally loved up today.

greyThe happy couple.

Tuesday 15th August

Had a lovely couple here today to look at Baby and Bronte and their calves with a view to buy. I’d be very happy for this sale to take place.

Visited a local garden centre with our daughter for a cuppa and a scone; took more photos of plants I like, for inclusion in the new front garden.

Harvest / Apples / Orchids

Monday 28 August, 2023

by Rosemary at 9:01am in Smallholding Comments closed

Monday 21st August

Lovely day; warm (20C) and still and sunny. But today is office day, so head down and get on.

The hens had some corn cobs. Happy girls.

hensA treat of corn cobs.

Tuesday 22nd August

Much the same as yesterday except that Rebecca, Tara and I went to see “Barbie”.

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