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

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 haylage

Having no edible haylage 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 haylage (in exchange for a few bales), this has been wrapped and is...

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Wildflowers

May has been stunning on the cliffs just for the variety of wildflowers, every day I seem to spot new ones I haven’t seen before.  Much to our surprise we have had blankets of bluebells covering some of the hilly banks, absolutely beautiful.  A selection below:            

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Texel Trev

We picked up our new Texel ram today – already named Trevor which really suits him.  A lovely stocky boy who will serve the Lleyn sheep well we hope, only 15 months old so not proven yet.Very friendly and loves nothing more than a daily massage!  

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We now have (potentially) a sheepdog.  This little girl is the latest addition to the team…       Her name is Cwtch (welsh for “hug” or “cuddle”, although it can also translate as “cupboard” or “cubbyhole”).  As most puppies are, she is a pain in the neck, especially for Maggie…     My name...

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Possibly against my better judgement, we have bought a small group of 15 Lleyn hoggets (1-year-old female).  The group included 2 that were accidentally in lamb, the first of which arrived with the group on 22nd April and the second was born on 10th May (Debbie’s birthday).       .   This second lamb...

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Calving 2018…

Our first calf was born on Saturday (17th March) at about 6:30pm.  Saturday here was really cold, snow in the air, 30 mph winds.  Lucky for us, the cow decided to come to the barn early on in the process, so we kept her inside to calve.  It took her a few hours, but she...

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Snow!!

The worst snow here since 1982, incredibly beautiful but hard for the animals.  We have been very lucky in the house with no burst pipes or other problems but the water troughs are frozen so daily trips with water and hay to horses, sheep and cattle. All went within a few days, I wonder if...

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When we bought Treathro, around 220 silage bales were left stacked in the corner of a field near the house.     On inspection, we found that this was old old or very old and rotting.  Clearance is required and after some thought (and a failed attempt to give it away!), we think the only...

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At the end of the day, checking the animals, one calf was unaccounted for.  Looking across the field from the barn, Debbie spotted her… behind the fence, on top of the wall!   With the light fading and only two possible options for a decent (either back down on the barbed wire fence, or a...

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We have decided to re-design and change the use of the old cubicle shed.  This currently has a central division and a total of about 60 cubicles.  The two existing doorways are a bit narrow too (the New Holland T5 won’t get through the doors).  first job is removing the cubicle dividing bars…   Enter...

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New lawnmowers…

The grass in the garden at the front and side of the house, plus the walled garden just keeps growing.  Clearly this had to be cut somehow… but how?   I really could not be bothered to get the mower out… but luckily, we had 98 lawn mowers that needed to be moved from the 20-acre...

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We have lots of ditches in need of clearing.  We have gorse to clear from walls ready for fencing to go up.  We have “modifications” required to one of the sheds (removing old cattle stalls and dividing walls).  That was how we have justified the latest purchase!       Very shining and just too...

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Debbie caught this on camera this morning.  What good girls they are!  Just following me out.  Actually, I don’t think I needed to be there at all.  I could just open the gate and they know the way!

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Weaning Calves

After some delay, we have finally taken steps to wean the calves.  Rather than separate them from their mothers, with all the associated balling and shouting, we decided to try QuietWean flaps for the calves… We’ve been running the animals through the new Rotex cattle handling system and crush for the last few days, so...

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