Well compared to the rest of the country, we have had a pretty benign winter (keeping fingers very crossed that we don’t cop it in the spring!) and the ground is looking a lot better than it usually does heading into March. With the good winter weather, our fat cattle are going to Macbeth’s in better condition than ever and the feedback that has been coming from customers is excellent. It is very rewarding when after 2 and half years of rearing a beast, it is truly appreciated by our customers.
At this time of year we settle down to a routine of cattle feeding and general maintenance. As the fieldwork will start in earnest in March (as well as the small matter of calving!) it is important that we start the spring with all our machinery in tip top condition. To that end Jonny who works at our farm, has been working wonders with some of our older bits of kit. He has completely refurbished our feed carts so that they look brand new. He is currently working on our feed trailer at the moment – the new welder is certainly getting a workout!
We are now thinking towards all the field work that we have to do, re-seeding where necessary, so that we have plenty of grass come the summer to make into silage, or weather gods permitting, hay. Calving is due to start any minute and the creche is all prepared for the next generation – it really is a very exciting time of the year.