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.
During the month we have managed to get up to date with all autumn jobs – calves weaned, stock wormed and treated for fluke, dry cows settled on stubble turnips and the Keenan feeder is back in action again …. Having made the decision to cease potato production I am now trying to sell the […]
A couple of wet weeks put us behind with the potato harvest but we have finally finished lifting for this year – and maybe for ever! Boxes are still sitting in the shed awaiting orders – hopefully they will move soon as the space will shortly be needed for cattle. Cereals are all in the […]
The SW Limousin Club had their AGM during September when the Herd Competition results were announced. Killerton Iona won the prize for Heifer Born 2013 and Killerton Jackie was third in the 2014 Heifer Calf class. Overall the herd was placed third in the large herd class. This year the event was judged by James […]
I had our final outing – the Honiton & District Agric. Show – at the beginning of the month with Killerton Gucci and Hera. It was a very hot day with Hera being placed breed champion, Gucci reserve. Hera went on to be placed reserve Interbreed Beef Champion. Cereal harvest was finished – all done […]
Fantastic summer weather has meant we have been able to start the harvest early. Winter Barley yielded above average, as has the oats – with plenty of straw. We made a start on the Winter Wheat at the end of the month (at least 2 weeks earlier than usual) with the grain ripe but the […]
We have had a busy month attending Shows / Sales and keeping up with routine farm work. We had successful outings with the Limousin cattle at the beginning of the month – winning prizes at the Royal Cornwall Show and the Three Counties Show, Malvern. This was the first time exhibiting at the Three Counties […]
35ml of Rain certainly caught us all out during the third week of May – to coincide with Devon County Show and silage making. The first year I have ever been badly caught out – dear old met office, times were way off course and they probably should have just looked out of their office […]