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Posted: Monday 28 June, 2021

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Monday 21st June

I’ve organised for the vet to come an take a second blood sample from Blizzard a week tomorrow; he’ll take samples from the two calves for BVD too.

Office stuff and weeding.

Tuesday 22nd June

Ace and Annie seem a bit loved up.  She calved 26th April, so she could well be in season. I didn’t see her served though. Just need to keep an eye out in 17 days or so.

Lorna and I had a walk along Carnoustie sea front. Very blessed.

seaCarnoustie beach.

seaCarnoustie sea front.

Wednesday 23rd June

Finally caught two of the BFL to check eat tags ; Roo’s we’ll know by a process of elimination. I’d never catch her in the field. The other two come for treats now and are very sweet.

RooRoo and her lambs, from a distance.

Dan did a bee inspection; all seems well and it looks like we might get some honey!

Did more weeding.

Thursday 24th June

Cut the front grass and the vegetable garden grass; so satisfying. And mindless.

lawnThere could be pygmies...

Friday 25th June

Suffered a fox attack on the young hens (of course) in the brown house; the pigs had created a hole under the fence between their pen and the poultry pen and Foxy got through. We think we’ve lost nine hens and Rocky, although uninjured, seems very shocked and stressed

Saturday 26th June

Dan topped Far Ditch and I let the sheep through there; he spent the rest of the day strimming the poultry pens and doing fence repairs. Hopefully, it’s all secure now.

Rocky looks a bit better; he came out of the house and is chooking around.

Sunday 27th June

Rocky died today. He's four and has had a very nice life but I wouldn't have chosen being frightened to death by a fox as my preferred method for him to die by.

We killed and cleaned the nine meat cockerels; there are four hens left but well give them another week or two. The nine birds totalled 32.24kg, average 3.58kg, from 3.02kg to 4.19kg.

Somewhat ironically, Foxy took three of the hens from the caravan at 9pm, so we moved the remaining 13 into the brown house. I’ve messaged the bloke that did some rat control for us to see if he’ll come and deal with this fox.

Finally, I got round to sowing beetroot (Moneto), carrots (Autumn King), swede (Invitation), parsnip (Hollow Crown) in the spaces where the dead raspberries came out. I’m going to order more Joan J tomorrow and replant in the autumn.

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