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By the Barn Blog

A collection of thoughts and tales around the life of a farmer.

Bovine Tb- carrying out a test

Posted: 5th Oct 2020

On the day of the test, we bring the cattle in and wait the arrival of the vet as well as a helping hand. This alone upsets the cattle, as they know somethings up when there are different people about and their routine is broken.

By the barn October 20

Posted: 5th Oct 2020

As soon as they hear the tractor start up, the cattle are poised and waiting by the electric fence, grumbling and bellowing if we’re a bit later than usual and hindering the tractor all trying to be first to have the best pickings.

By the barn September 20

Posted: 2nd Sep 2020

The seagulls and buzzards love to hang around to pick up a fat, juicy worm, getting quite close to the moving tractor at times, with an occasional flurry to drive off a passing red kite. Long days, often working well into the night, until all is sown that has to be!

By the barn August 2020

Posted: 1st Aug 2020

Although grown mostly for human consumption further east, we used peas as a protein food for our livestock and the resulting straw was much loved by goats in particular.

Bovine Tb our history

Posted: 2nd Jul 2020

And for no one else, the 'animal lovers', wildlife trusts and animal rights activists, to care about them, just the vector that transmits the disease- the badger, is equally heart breaking!

By the barn July 20

Posted: 2nd Jul 2020

Low dose antibiotics are commonly used in other parts of the world to increase growth rates and minimise production costs and the fear is it enhances resistance to antibiotics in humans.

Bovine Tb

Posted: 1st Jun 2020

Derbyshire is known as an ‘Edge’ county; we are very much at the frontline of the fight against TB.

By the barn June 20

Posted: 1st Jun 2020

As we do use footpaths more( yes, us too, as we like to get out and about if we can) it’s worth just mentioning the Country code, because some farmers have not been so lucky.

By the barn May2020

Posted: 5th May 2020

Any immunity the lambs had passed down to them by their mothers milk is probably wearing off now they are a little bit older and some may be vaccinated against various disease and also a close eye kept on the parasitic worm situation.

By the barn April 2020

Posted: 31st Mar 2020

Livestock manure helps soil health and fertility, without which inorganic fertiliser would have to be imported in greater quantities.