On The Farm in May
May 19, 2021
This month we’ve seen a glimpse of sun, a heck of a lot of rain and some have even had snow! but what’s been happening on the farm?
Here on Fossfield Farm, it continues to be busy in ice cream production. We continue to see an uplift in orders as we get to the third step in the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown. This week we see pubs, cafes and restaurants up and down the country open their doors to allow indoor seating!
On the farm, calving has slowed down so it now turns to planning ahead and making sure we grow enough food for the girls in Winter. Along with the everyday jobs such as caring for our cows and calves, milking twice a day and any odd maintenance job’s we also see:
- The heifers are out! The younger girls have been allowed outside for the first time. Now they’re all weaned and the temperature is rising (ever so slightly!) it’s safe for them to go out to grass*. Rose is turning out to be quite the character, we didn’t manage to capture her escape on camera but as she walked out of the barn, stretched her legs, had a quick look around she then double backs on herself and darts straight back towards the barn, collapsing the electric fencing on the way in! It’s safe to say she likes her home comforts!
- Muck spreading. Yes, we still have muck to go onto the fields! The girls do generate a lot, but it’s good nutrients for the land. The muck has been spread, the land has been ploughed and power harrowed to lock in all that goodness and it is now ready for sowing.
- Sowing Maize. We feed the girls maize in Winter, this is done for a few reasons: Feeding them maize, as well as silage, gives them something different to eat, a bit more of a varied diet for them. Maize contains a lot of starch which is a great source of energy for the girls. Finally, as we don’t have a lot of land and don’t produce any arable crops, growing maize is a good way of getting rid of the muck by ploughing it into the land and giving the maize crop a good organic fertiliser.
- Silaging. We hope to get our first cut of the year before the end of the month, however, at the moment the weather isn’t looking too promising! We cut the grass that has grown so far, and store it in a silage clamp which is covered with a large black sheet to keep the air out to allow the anaerobic fermentation process to preserve it for the Winter when the girls are back in.
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