June is here – but still not flaming June. We desperately needed rain in May to get the grass growing and the cows out – but we have had more than enough now! It’s time to go silaging but the fields are too boggy, even on top of Dundry Hill!
The cows and young cattle are out and our sheep and lambs have been relocated to a neighbour’s orchard as living lawnmowers! The sheep are in need of a haircut but they must be dry for shearing, so that’s on hold too!
We have hosted several educational visits since my last update, and didn’t get too soggy as we ducked and dived around the rainstorms!
Our 2 pigs have now moved to another farm after disgracing themselves by breaking out and eating a large sack of corn intended for the cows! Early in the morning when the men went out to start milking the pigs were found looking very full and guilty by the milking shed! One even got quite aggressive when David and Paul tried to catch her.
Several cows have calved recently. The most recent calves are still sheltering in the barn and drinking milk but a few of the older calves are now out in their own little paddock, happily eating the grass and getting up to all sorts of mischief!
We took part in the Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a beacon up on the tump, the highest point on the farm, and the villagers came in good numbers to celebrate the occasion. It’s an ideal spot up here and we could see several other beacons in the area. Pleased to see that royalty, especially Prince Charles is an ardent supporter of organic farming. Long may that support reign!