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By the Barn Blog

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

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.

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.

By the barn March 2020

Posted: 4th Mar 2020

Sheep also have their place in the cycle, by eating grass the biogenic carbon is transformed into amino acids of the wool fibre- so grandma was doing her bit for the environment by using a natural carbon storing product- aka wool- for her cardigan!

By the barn Feb 2020

Posted: 3rd Feb 2020

So first- in the UK, agriculture produces less greenhouse gas emissions than transport or residential - 10% as opposed to 27% and 15% respectively