Since moving to Treathro, we have been documenting our story here on our blog. We have had all sorts of challenges along the way and are enjoying the ride

Rainbows Galore

Such changeable November weather, torrential rain followed by blazing sunshine day after day, resulting in some absolutely amazing rainbows.                                                                                                                                              ...

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During our first TB test the vet noticed the cattle were slow to lose their winter coats and had a few pale patches. He suggested we had them tested for mineral deficiencies.  We were surprised to find they were all short in copper, cobalt, selenium and iodine.  This apparently is quite common in this coastal...

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Hoof Trimming

We noticed that Nora, the Red Devon matriarch was limping a little and realised she had a split in one of her hooves, and one was slightly overgrown.  On talking to others we realised we should be having their hooves checked fairly regularly so contacted a local cattle foot trimmer, Raymond from West Wales Hoof...

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Young calves

It has been a great experience seeing all the new calves and lambs being born with very few problems.  Let’s hope it is an omen for next year!  We now have a total of 6 calves (2 bull calves and 4 heifer calves).   We will be keeping all the calves for about 2 years...

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Neospora

We had some rather devastating news back in January.  One of our cows aborted at the end of November, the foetus was sent off for testing and came back positive for Neospora.  This is a disease caused by a protozoal parasite called Neospora caninum, causing a high percentage of abortion and stillbirth in cattle.  There...

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Animal update

The lambs are now all outside in the glorious Easter sunshine A hot hot day! Almost bigger than her mum already. We have two new arrivals, the calves Wonky and Clyde. Wonky was born rather ….well…wonky. She had been rather squashed in the womb and appeared with a very lopsided jaw and restricted movement in...

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Successful Lambing

This was our first lambing season and as expected it was a steep learning curve although a very positive experience! Ahead of time we split the shed into three areas, the waiting area (maternity ward), the single lambing pens (for the newborns or those needed a bit of extra TLC) and the nursery (for those...

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Lambing

Just before Christmas we had the sheep scanned to confirm dates and to see which sheep were having twins and triplets to help with the correct feeding.  Out of the 30 sheep which had been put in with Trevor (all of whom were first timers) 2 were empty, 14 singles, 13 doubles and 1 triplet....

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New home

We moved into the holiday let when the house became impossible to live in (due to the removal of the roof!), this was towards the end of September.  We are now 3 months in and loving it, the most wonderful view from the gable end window, warm and dry with underfloor heating throughout and a...

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Cwtch update

Cwtch at 8 months is turning into a lovely dog, a great character and certainly a match for Maggie. She is showing some small signs of potential use on the farm.  David has been introducing her to the sheep over the last couple of months, using a training ring made of sheep hurdles,  she is...

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Fencing

Fencing around the farm is interesting to say the least, and one of our main aims on moving in was to secure all the boundary fencing and make a start on the individual fields….   All the fields have a stone wall boundary in various states of disrepair, and either on top of the wall or...

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Ditch Maintenance

Although we were prepared for the fields to be wet in the winter they were worse than expected, mainly due to the neglected ditches throughout the farm.  David set to with our digger to clear a few before the weather changed, it will be a never ending job but hopefully it will have made some...

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Future Offspring!

We moved Tim (the bull) out of the cows and heifers at the end of September having been in there since June.  He wasn’t too happy at being separated from them but the young calves were bulling and he was showing a bit too much interest in them (they were only 6 months old), we...

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Holiday let update

Work has progressed really well over the summer with not a single day lost to bad weather.  A few photos over the summer, almost done!   May           June         July       August       September      

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David picked up our our new young bull from Cornwall .  He has a great pedigree – from the Bollawal herd, his official name Bollowal Sorcerer (hence the name Tim from Monty Python) Unfortunately not an auspicious start to his time here though, as the journey back took 10 hours in horrendously hot temperatures,, both...

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Hot hot hot!!!

We have even had a drought here in Pembrokeshire with no rain on the farm since May (7 weeks approx).  All the fields are brown and even the ponds have dried up.  Luckily we are under-stocked this year so are able to move the animals from field to field. Other nearby farmers are not so...

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Market Research

We have the taken the opportunity to do a little market research re activities for anyone staying at the holiday lets. Mayberry Kayaking –  Absolutely stunning, the water was crystal clear and the coastline so different from the water rather than looking down from the cliffs.  Not the normal sea conditions though…..     Boat...

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Clearing old silage

On moving to the farm we found a huge pile of old rotting silage which David  when time allows, has gradually been unwrapping and putting on a pile to decompose. The last couple of weeks however he has been working non stop to clear the area.  As you can see on the wall behind the...

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Shearing

We now have 30 Lleyn sheep having bought a second lot of 15 as they have been so successful – no feet problems, no escaping and mopping up nicely in the fields behind the cows.   Rosie and Jim came along and sheared the first 15 (the second lot had already been sheared) , a...

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New silage

Having no edible silage last year we had to buy in some straw as extra feed last winter (very expensive).  Determined not to have to do the same thing again, Mike (our neighbour) kindly agreed to cut some of our fields for silage (in exchange for a few bales), this has been wrapped and is...

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