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Carting & cutting Kale 65 years ago with the cowman
This was tale about what happened to my brother and I when I was 9 years old and my brother just over 6years . I was just old enough to work helping the then cowman Philip to load kale for the cows, a job he did every afternoon ready for the following...
Our Cows have got a Leader
Well its that time of year again when the calves have got to be weaned , the shed has been prepare , the troughs along the front have got gates above them to stop the jumpers, the water trough has extra rails to stop them going through, enough bedding...
Domino the Spotted Stallion.
It was fourteen years ago that Domino was born to a small black Shetland mare, a mare that was not big enough to go in the standard Shetland show classes 38/42inches , and too big to go in the miniature Shetland showing classes 30/34 inches, in fact she...
To Market Drayton Sell (Cattle Market)
Our local cattle market is at Market Drayton, about half an hour's drive west, it's usually store cattle that I sell there, having a suckler herd, I run them on to just short of two years old and sell them to finishers. I buy no corn (barley or...
Farming on a peat bog (only part of the farm)
Almost a quarter of our farm is on a peat bog, at one time each of the farms in the village had a proportion of this peat ground, splitting and fragmenting the farms. In the last forty years as farms became vacant with retirements the estate amalgamated...
It was Winston (The Bull)
I was always of the belief that cattle not rushed about or driven will take the line of least resistance, usually uphill. Have you ever been sitting having breakfast, when a bull looks into the kitchen window, well we did. It was Winston, our seven year...
How we found out that Ash Trees have Shallow Roots
In all my seventy three years, it was only during my first nine years that I had anything to do with our farms three shire horse. The most regular job was to lead them to the blacksmith's shop with my brothers on the way to school. They would stay...
The Se-----ford Staffordshire Hoard
( 1772 Silver George 3 rd half penny piece) Its not every day that you have a "find" even though it be modest, a friend of mine was walking the footpaths along our fields a few days ago, and came across a rabbit hole with fresh soil dug out...
Every Picture Tells a Story (in this case many stories)
Next again is Holly Bush, our local village pub, As well as drink you can get if hungry, a little bit of grub, For a gathering of the locals, this was the hub, News and gossip turned around in the village pub. This picture was taken Feb 2011 of a twenty...
Digging Marl
Looking across the farms and fields around our parish, on the banks they have large marl holes dug back into them. The marl having been dug and spread across other fields to help improve fertility of the land, it would have been left in spade full lumps...
Farm Dispersal Sales
Job to know where to start, and find things long forgotten, Things we used like brushing hooks, n' pitch forks stale gone rotten, At one time there used to be quite a few dispersal sales on the run up to March 25th when tenancies would be timed to...
First Land Rover a "Rag Top" Diesel
I went down fields counting cattle, and through the ford every day, Always it got wet from the brook, started rotting the chassis away. I bought my first land rover I bought second hand some forty odd years ago, it was a light green diesel rag top, the...
Actions Speak Louder than Words
These two cases that I tell you of happened a few years apart, and I am not one to cause trouble, it takes a lot to wind me up into taking action like I describe hear. It was ten years ago late June time and mowing grass for hay a couple of fields back...
Under achievement of output big style
I read the Farmers Weekly, ov read it all me life, Read it in the good times, and read it through the strife, In its words and pictures, brings us all the news, Tells us of our leaders, n' tells us of their views. This farm could double its output...
The June Returns 1961
First year farming in my own right 1961 Out to daytime pastures, to distant fields to graze, Back again for milking on long fine summer days, Just dug out an old diary from just fifty years ago, and on looking at the page where I recorded the June Returns...
Low Cost Production, Milk Marketing Board 1962
So all in all you reap what you sow, you cannot keep robbing the producer, in this case the cow. It started when I joined a Milk Marketing Board scheme called ‘Low Cost Production’. November 1962. Much to my disgust I seemed to always be in the lower...
Story of Hobble End Cottages
Frosty weather glistens inside, a fridge you could compare, Roof half filled with starling's nests, built up over the years. In one of our farthest fields, situated about a mile east of the village was a pair of cottages known as Hobble End. There...
The Persistent Escapee (cow)
I remember father counting, cattle each and every day, He counts and looks at every one, to see they're all OK, A cow that persistently gets out, gets better at it, she learns to jump or hop over slack wire, learns to push rails down and push at the...
Cattle out wintering
It looks like the beginning of a two week cold snap; the cattle seem to have grown a longer woolly coat almost over night, and its still only third week in November. In general the stock has grown well through the summer and with a reasonable quality...
We have a cow and she's real mad
But only when we are trying to round them up, all the rest of the time out grazing with the other cows she is quite normal. If there is more than one person in the field she becomes aware she starts to get alerted, and if by chance we start to drive the...
Fields Lanes and Country Roads all have Names
Our Village is a small part of England, as say a motor car is made up of component parts. The largest being the body ,the chassis, the engine , right down to the smallest bolt washer and cotter pin. So Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and...