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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 days feeding. Philip had a tremendous scramble to...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Thu, Oct 27 2011
  • 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 thrown down to last a month, a ring feeder positioned...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Sun, Sep 4 2011
  • 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 wheat) for them, its all grass and wilted silage...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Sat, Jul 30 2011
  • 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 old Hereford bull, it was June time and he had...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Sat, Jul 2 2011
  • 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 change or end in retirement. Now there is only the...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Sat, Mar 5 2011
  • 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 one with a full canvas top forward over the driver...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Sat, Feb 26 2011
  • 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 and produce food for human consumption and help to...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Sat, Jan 29 2011
  • 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 1961, (a statutory form sent out by the Ministry...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Sat, Jan 15 2011
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