PD’ing cows at the start of September was quite a pleasing affair with the majority of cows in calf despite the summer heat and stress. We have PD’d the group of heifers running with our latest acquisition Gunnerfleet Ned – and following a semen test as well – he has proved not to be up to the mark which is a real shame as he has grown into a lovely young bull.
We also had the SW Limousin Herd Competition results at the club AGM. This was held on Exmoor with an invitation visit to Ashwick Manor Farm, Dulverton, kindly hosted by the Wallace family. I was very lucky to win a number of prizes :-
2nd Prize Best bull calf born 2018 Killerton Oxygen s Confluence Leyton d Killerton Lithium
1st Prize Best bull calf born 2017 Killerton Neville s Goldies Jeff d Killerton Jenevieve
1st Prize Best heifer born 2017 Killerton Nova s Crossdykes Goliath d Killerton Iloveit
1st Prize Extra Large Herd
1st Prize Champion Herd
There was no one more surprised than me – outstanding results, quite chuffed!
On the arable front – most of the ground has been ploughed. Maize was cut and put in the pit at least 10 days earlier than usual. For the first time we finished drilling Winter Wheat in September, rightly or wrongly. Just Barley and Oats to go.
I have been talked into hosting a NBA Farm visit and walk on 10th October, 11 am – anyone welcome, please contact NBA direct. Crediton Milling are providing lunch, my thanks to them for supporting this event.