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By the Barn Blog

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

By the barn April 21

Posted: 29th Mar 2021

But it means that the customer can have complete trust in what they buy if the product carries the little Red Tractor - recognised by 50% of consumers( the highest of any assurance marque).

By the Barn March 21

Posted: 7th Mar 2021

After the continual feeding/bedding routine, whilst they’re inside, It’s a joy to watch them kicking their heels up( the old ones too!) as they rush out to pastures they know so well and in a couple of months the main calving period begins.

By the barn February 21

Posted: 8th Feb 2021

The ewes are grazing out still and are quite insulated against snow and frost with their thick fleeces, which have regrown after summer shearing. They can usually find food no matter what the weather and have a metabolism which can utilise rough pasture.

By the barn January 21

Posted: 6th Jan 2021

troughs make too mess on our ground and its easy to get knocked over by determined ewes and our legs bashed against the hard edges.

By the barn December 20

Posted: 1st Dec 2020

Luckily over a million people lobbied to make sure there was a trade and standards commission in place to scrutinise deals on the agriculture sectors behalf, showing consumers do care how their food is produced.

By the barn November 2020

Posted: 5th Nov 2020

The Yew tree, famous for its wood and highly poisonous, retains its leaves and can live to more than a thousand years of age. Often found in churchyards, it provides the drug tamoxifen

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.

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.