Zak's a shocker for getting sidetracked...
The farm and everything else has been flat-chat and that means, Zak, hasn't had much time to blog. So, all that's about to change [don't hold your breath]...
Okay, so now that we've got the whole *excuses* thingy out of the way, let's get down to it.
The farms a lot of hard work. Fences need repairing, chickens need their pens cleaned, the horse needs bott flies removed, the to-do-list is a mile long, and now that we seem to have a decent season (yes, it has rained yet again) that means more work!
The cattle and sheep are approaching calving season which is both exciting and heart-wrenching. Exciting because no matter how many births one witnesses, the next one is always so much more exciting than the last. At least that's how it's always been for me. Then there's the fear that it will all go pear-shaped and sadly, at times it does.
When we first started farming we made a few boo boo's and we've learnt some very hard lessons. I won't go into that here - we'll leave that for the book! *grins* Everyone, it seems, is writing a book these days!
We try for quality, not quantity, and happy animals and by default happy humans.
The focus for this season is home-grown organic quality. We are about to plant the spuds (potatoes) and some as yet undecided Winter/Spring vegetables.
We try to kill our own meat which is approximately one steer and six sheep around about once every 18 months or so. With the price of meat these days it's still economical to get the mobile butcher to the farm and he packs the meat into neat little packages ready for freezing.
It's all go, go, go!
So that's where I'm going now.
Photos will follow...
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