Wasi, Lambs and a good market...
Emma Heseltine - 24 February 2013
Today is a sad day. We have an old cow, Wasi, who has come to the end of her breeding days and is hanging out with the store cattle having a bit of a retirement before it time to go down the road. Today we come to Wallacefield and she is down. She’s not dead as feared but is not in a good way and cannot get up. The vet is duly called and we make an effort to get her sitting up. There’s a bit of a trick to this, its all in the correct application of effort, she’s a big girl we couldn’t just roll her. With a couple of bales and a bit of a manoeuvre we get her sat up, but she still can’t get up. The vet comes and examines her. Its not good news, her heart is failing; there is a murmur on both sides. She won’t be getting up again and must be put down. She is nearly 15 years old and has had 11 calves; she doesn’t owe us a thing. To die in a sunny field of old age…
After the sadness comes some happy news, such is farming. John has just got his first set of lambs, one tricky backward one and the other just fine and easy. I go for a look and end up tube feeding the tricky one. Seems to perk it up a bit, can’t be easy being born backwards. It nice to hear little bleats.
It seems like there has been nothing but rain now for months. This week we get a break and have 7 days of uninterrupted sun/cloud. Its amazing how a bit of good weather can lift the spirits; everything seems so much easier when the sun is shining. The mud is even starting to dry up a bit.
I am collecting my bacon this Friday. It’s been curing up at Askerton castle and now it’s been sliced and is ready to go. We have Brampton market this week and there is a Fairtrade theme with a recipe book and treats to try. I suspect with all the controversy in the news at the moment about horse meat we might have a good market. If this scandal means that people take more interest in what they are eating and start to support small markets and butchers more then it can only be a good thing. Our beef is proper beef, what you see is what you get, and we could even tell you the name of the cow it came from (this month a heifer called Josephine).
It turns out to be one of the best Brampton markets we have ever had…
Emma completed a degree in Creative Imaging at Huddersfield University before working for a photography studio as an editor. Taking a break from the office world she worked in outdoor education for several years, climbing, abseiling, shooting, trampolining and even life-guarding with children of all ages. When Emma found out about the apprenticeship scheme with the Soil Association it seemed the perfect chance to do something worthwhile and fulfilling. After much searching and badgering farms in the North of England she found a position with Hadrian Organics and started in July 2011. So far it is living up to her expectations, every day is a new challenge and every day is different.
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