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By the Barn Blog

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

By the barn September 2018

Posted: 11th Sep 2018

The summer has come to its end and Autumn begins.

By the barn August 18

Posted: 3rd Aug 2018

Big, fat light grey Wood Pigeons sit heavily on roads and fences, clumsily flapping and leaving it until the last minute to get out of the way, flocking into the fields to clean them of grain.

By the barn July 18

Posted: 2nd Jul 2018

Dirty, sweaty wool also provides a nursery to flies and resulting maggots can cause irritation and suffering if not treated.

By the barn June 18

Posted: 15th Jun 2018

Although there is increased automation and mechanisation in the agricultural industry, it is a clever robot that can decide a strawberry is just at its peak.

by the barn May 18

Posted: 2nd May 2018

Our sheep and lambs have taken advantage of fresh spring grass and should be growing fast, being vaccinated and wormed appropriately to ensure healthy stock.

By the barn April

Posted: 1st Apr 2018

Our workload continues as the main flock begin to lamb. We have moved the earlier ewes and lambs to pasture, the pens have been cleaned out and we have replenished our lambing supplies.

By the barn march 18

Posted: 3rd Mar 2018

Our newly layed hedge will be coming into leaf, as do all the others and it will be interesting to see what other plants flourish now that the light has been let in- such as ground ivy, violets and celandines.

By the barn February

Posted: 9th Feb 2018

Clashing with the white of the snowdrop, if we are lucky with the weather, will be the bright sulphur yellow of the Brimstone butterfly, which feeds overwinter on Holly and Ivy and lays its eggs on Buckthorn- both are a welcome sign that spring is just around the corner.

By the barn january 2018

Posted: 6th Jan 2018

The foxes will be mating and this upsets Ted as they call to each other at night, the young cubs appearing later in spring and scent is strong as we walk down the farm drive and pass through where they have travelled across in their nightly excursions.

By the barn December 2017

Posted: 7th Dec 2017

Our calves have been weaned and we have a couple of noisy nights as they get used to missing their milk.