With the shoot season behind me and a brief holiday to visit my daughter in British Columbia I can find no more excuses to avoid starting a regular Blog on my Website – and to avoid upsetting my very patient web designer at “Cumbrian Web” any further.
I calve the pedigree limousins throughout the year – whilst trying to avoid the Christmas and busy month of January (both my stockman Matthew Shapcott and I are keen shooters – but most calves are born during the March-May period. We have had a steady stream of fine calves sired by Loosebeare Exmoor and Kaprico Donato including twin heifer calves born to one of our older cows Killerton Vine. All cows are out wintered on stubble turnips with their diet supplemented with straw/silage and are looking fit / in good working condition. The winter has been kind to the cows and late summer/autumn born calves which remain outside throughout due to a shortage of shed accommodation.
We have been selecting some pedigree bulls/heifers to take to the spring limousin sales at Holsworthy (11 April), Sedgemoor (12th April) and Brecon (12th May) and have been fortunate to have the assistance of Andrew Hughes on farm a couple days each week to help with the halter training.