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

Lambing 2022

The ewes were brought inside in the middle of February as we wanted to keep a good eye on a couple prior to their due date (lambing due to start 18th Feb).  We had one ewe which had been absolutely huge for over a month (expecting triplets) and a couple which had threatened prolapses.  We...

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Work is slowly going ahead on our new holiday let.  We have been thrilled at the reservations and reviews on The Dairy and are hoping for the same response once The Granary is finished (probably end of summer).  This will be substantially larger (sleeping 6/8) but with a similar vibe ie a sympathetic renovation with...

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Pregnancy Scans

Both cows and sheep have been scanned this month. All but one of the ewes are pregnant – 6 singles (purple spots), 28 twins (red dots), 11 triplets (green spots) and unfortunately one quad (purple and green spots!).   From our limited experience anything more than twins can be trouble, so much for no sock lambs...

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Tree Planting

At last we have planted some trees, we have been talking about this ever since we moved in 4 years ago, so pleased we have finally managed it.  We bought them from the Woodland Trust, one ‘Shelter Belt’ pack and a couple of ‘Coppicing’ packs, a total of 630 trees.  A mixture of english oak,...

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New Pole Barn

When we bought the farm one of the smaller barns looked like this, obviously needing a bit of TLC!   David has worked his magic and has now built a brand new pole barn on the same site, the planning and ordering of material took a very long time….actually erecting it just a few days!...

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The welfare of our animals is our highest priority and to this end they are raised in the most natural way possible on 100% grass, with minimum intervention and minimum stress.  However every year the livestock do need certain medications and interventions to keep them well throughout the different seasons and we need to be...

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We have twelve breeding cows, six from the Northmoor Herd and 6 from Forde Abbey.  Tim (the bull) is from the Bollowal herd….. It is really interesting to see the difference in their colouring and build.  All are pedigree and conform to the breed traits and characteristics.  All of our cattle are easy going, easy...

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Time Out

We have discovered that taking a break from farming is the hardest thing to do.  There is always something that needs doing or some animals that need attention, we were warned by several farming friends that it really is 24/7 and they were right even on our small scale.  Farming apart we are having a...

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Calving 2021

We have 12 breeding cows, Tim (our bull) was put in with them from June until September last year.  A cow is pregnant for approximately 253 days (give or take a few days!) so this years calves were due at the end of March just as lambing finished.  We usually bring them down to a...

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Laminitis

We have had a difficult time with one of our welsh mountain ponies which graze the headland…..they are usually very low maintenance and have come from generations of semi wild ponies used to conservation grazing and minimum input from humans.  Unfortunately one of ours developed laminitis this year – very unusual for these ponies,  more...

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Lambing 2021

What a roller coaster it has been!  Having had the ewes scanned in December we separated the twins and triplets and put them on better grass in readiness for feeding their extra lambs.  Looking rather large some of them!! We set up the lambing shed taking into account everything we had learnt from last year. ...

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Roof Repairs

One of the drawbacks of having such a lovely old farmyard with all the old buildings is that there are a lot of old roofs and we live in a very windy part of Wales!  We have had to reroof one area and found that the roof on the barns due to be renovated (at...

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Tim came out of the cows at the end of September having been in with them for about 3 months. The cows cycle (called bulling) about every 3 weeks at which time they are fertile (for a brief few hours!), so he had plenty of opportunity.  Before he was taken out there were no more...

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Haylage

During the summer when we had more grass than we needed we managed to get two cuts of haylage.  The cut grass was left in the field to dry a little then baled and stored in black plastic liners.  Over time this ferments resulting in highly nutritious haylage for the cows, which we feed over...

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The Dairy

It has been a very odd year for holiday bookings in the Dairy, when we have been allowed to do so we have had lots of visitors all of whom seem to have loved staying here (as we have loved having them).  We have had to make a few changes inside in line with government...

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Hoof Care

We now have annual hoof checks on the cattle, as they get older their hooves can get overgrown (rather like toenails) making it uncomfortable to walk impacting on feeding.  This can be particularly difficult when they are heavily pregnant or indeed for Tim to perform his duties!  We use West Wales Hoof Care who this...

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We are still getting the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, we are so aware the days are getting shorter we try to make the most of it by sitting on the cliffs with the dogs just appreciating the most wonderful scenery. Sunrise from the walled garden, the hill is Garn Fawr with our weather station...

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Boys Movements

We separated Tim from the cows at the beginning of this month.  The young calves are growing quickly and are still feeding from their mums.  We have seen a bit of bulling starting amongst the calves indicating the girls are maturing, whilst the other cows had stopped bulling so seemed like a good to time to...

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Lockdown

It is probably the same for many farms, life did not really change for us during lockdown.  Day to day management of the animals was the same, the occasional food shopping and just the wonderful opportunity to really appreciate where we live.   The coastal path was empty and nature started taking over so incredibly quickly. ...

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Lambs to market

Very pleased with our lambs this year, new acquisition of some weighing scales to help us decide when to move them on.  Interesting as sometimes really hard to tell approximate weights just by looking due to the fleece.  Appx half were over 40kg so were taken to market last week and fetched a good price. ...

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