At the beginning of November I was busy with pedigree bull sales – I sold a young Charolais bull at the Welshpool Sale at the beginning of the month followed by a trip to Brecon with Limousin bulls in the same week. Killerton Jackpot was reserve Senior Champion and sold quite well. On the farm, […]
I took a week off to go up to Scotland on a field trip looking at Charolais, in addition to field / moorland walking and checking out the River Tay (unsuccessfully). I watched one rugby world cup game in Exeter – Italy v. Romania. There was a great crowd at Sandy Park with tremendous atmosphere […]
Yippee – Harvest finished at last, early September…Yields for Wheat were up but we had to dry more grain than usual due to sprouting and impatience. South West Limousin Club had an AGM and herd visit to see Harry and Jane Parker at Stourhead, Wiltshire. There was a very good club turnout and we were […]
I took a small team of Limousin to Honiton Show on 6th August. It was a successful day out with Killerton Iloveit being Limousin Breed Champion and reserve Interbreed champion – beaten by a “Hastey” Belgium Blue bull. Killerton Jackpot was judged best Limousin male – he will be off to Brecon Sale in November. […]
At the beginning of July the Bradninch Community Choir had a picnic lunch by the old Killerton Chapel at Columbjohn and then had a farm tour which proved to be very popular with people of all ages. Around 70 people attended, the majority from non farming backgrounds and the feedback was all good. We took […]
Cornwall Show was the usual good fun catching up with many friends. Showing wise Killerton Limousin did not disgrace ourselves, Emslies Horny won the senior bull class and our new venture into the Charolais world had greater success with our senior bull Maerdy Eurocrat being male and breed champion. Younger stock behaved well and were […]
I took a team of five limousine to the Devon County Show – Emslies Horny won the Senior Bull class, Goldies Jeff was placed 2nd in the Junior Bull class (to the overall Breed champion Foxhillfarm Jasper, Junior Heifers Killerton Ivy (3rd) and Killerton Iloveit (4th) (behind Foxhillfarm) and Baby Heifer Killerton Iceni (again placed […]
The cold spring meant grass growth was slow but following a month of beautiful weather everything now looks better in Devon. The calves are benefiting from the extra milk being provided by their mothers and heifers are going out on grass. Winter cereals are growing well and the maize has just been drilled after the […]
A cold month to start calving (with mixed results, sadly) but the ground has been dry for out-wintering cattle. Cereals and grass are slow getting going due to night frosts but the dry weather means the arable side is up to date. The decision to give up growing potatoes has taken a lot of pressure […]
A short month to recover from shooting and get things up to date on the farm! Weather has been wet so I was happy to fly south for some sunshine and a good break.
January has rushed by and sadly the shoot season has come to a close. We have only had a few calves born this month – a few heifers are due in February but the main herd are due to calve March onwards. The weather has been quite kind to the cows outwintering on stubble turnips […]
I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope 2015 is a good year for us all.