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Barley, mulberry and shaking grass...

Emma Heseltine: I’ve come to the end of last year’s barley for the pigs. I’ve got a good few bags to crush that will keep them going for a while but I’m going to have to go back to some of my other sources. I can get biodynamic bran from the watermill in Little Salkeld, which is a by-product of the white flour making process. The last pigs really enjoyed this so I might add it to their ration and stretch the barley a bit further.

07 July 2013 | 5 Comments | Recommended by 0

Dont get stuck, tiny lambs and rolling...

Emma Heseltine: Today it’s starting to feel a little bit like spring, finally and I’m learning to plough. It looks so easy, up and down turning over the soil but as with everything it’s harder than it looks. The ground is a bit wet and I’m in the little Massey which is two wheel drive. The trick is to give it lots of oomph apparently and remember to raise the plough up if I get to a sticky bit and the wheels start spinning. Also ‘whatever you do, don’t get stuck’, good advice.

07 April 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Runaway sheep, flock and hiding cattle...

Emma Heseltine: We are bagging some barley in the shed when all the ewes go running past and head up the drive. It’s going to be one of those days. It seems the other half of our gang today were getting them in to change the colour of the paint on the boys. Some miss-hap has meant one of the gates got left open and so away they go! We leg it up the drive and manage to turn the vast majority of them at the corner but four make a break for it and head up the drive.

11 November 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Serious tractoring, cattle on holiday and the last calf...

Emma Heseltine: There seems to be a window of good weather so it's time to get the combine rolling. The old Massey chews through quite a bit of Susan’s oats before we get rained off, it's too boggy in the middle. We do get a trailer full of oats into the barn which is a start. On Tuesday the brand new John Deere arrives at Stone Raise and I, lucky thing that I am, get to have a little go at driving it. I’m extremely careful not to scrape it down anything; it’s got to stay shiny for a little while at least! I get to ride along when John cuts his Barley, it's cut, scooped and spun and then the straw is spat out the back.

10 September 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Rocks, the last of the lambs and Wasi and June...

Emma Heseltine: The spring barley went in last week on the Park at Wallacefield. It’s been rolled too, not by me this time and the next job is to get rid of some of the boulders that have turned up. We track back and forth picking them up then move onto the winter oats to get the smaller ‘combine breakers.’

22 April 2012 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 1

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