22nd February 1999
A busy time of year. The cows have been in our big shed since November
(the ground is too wet, and they are too heavy to stay outside through the
The cows mostly have their calves with them (they are not weaned till about
9 months) and they need feeding twice a day and fresh straw every morning.
They are very peaceful animals, and it is very soothing to sit on the hay
stack and watch them chewing the cud whilst a calf has a slurpy drink.
The sheep have come in a little early (they lamb in doors) as it has been
so wet. They need grain (our own), seaweed powder, silage and hay and straw
every day too.
So just the routine feeding takes some time every day, -- and then of course,
there are the older calves who are over-wintering in the woods with hay
and silage, last years lambs who have grain and hay in the field, and the
chickens,cats and dogs. Somehow we have to find time for foot-trimming,
dagging, paper-work, preparing for the new enterprise of proper eating chickens,
planting vegetables, muck-spreading etc. etc.
We had some lovely snow the other day and did get in some toboganning -
the dogs enjoyed it too.