We have had a very busy time over the summer 2014 on the farm. We started to grow our young heifers quicker in 2013 by increasing their feed which has meant we could put them out with the bull sooner and get them producing milk at just over 2 years old as opposed to 2.5 to 3 years old.
This has meant we have had a surge of new heifers into the herd early this year and over the summer. Our herd has now grown from 180 to 240 cows which has meant quite a bit more work feeding and milking them. We have also been making some new housing for them which will be finished in the next couple of weeks. These extra girls will eat a lot more food over the winter, so we have had to rent some extra land and grow more forage. Luckily the weather has been very kind to us this year so far and it has been a good growing year. We just wish the same could be said for the milk price which is now falling at a very alarming rate.
Our Aberdeen Angus calves are now getting big, the oldest is now 500kg and we have started the largest 3 on a finishing ration to get them ready for beef boxes. We are hoping the first one of them will be ready before Christmas. In the mean time we are going to use some of the young diary cows who are in need of a career change! We took on to the abattoir on 18th September, her meat will be ready for boxes on 10th October, so get your orders in now!
We have made good but slow progress on the new glamping site on the farm. The shower block is now virtually finished and we are really pleased with it. We have had three yurts up for the last couple of months checking they are weather proof and finalising the stove safety precautions with the insurers. If you are driving towards Malvern over the Carrington Bridge and look slightly to the right you might be able to spot them! Sadly we haven’t been able to open to the public this summer, but we will be already to open in early March 2015 and will be working on the website and advertising in the next few months.
Our last big job for the autumn is to demolish two old poultry sheds ready for the site to be developed into a new nursery school over the winter, so there is no time to relax just yet!