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  • 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
  • Lost a Cow

    A sad end to a good old cow who had produced a calf every year of her productive life. Every now and then you loose a cow, and in my life time in farming three such cases will stick in my mind forever, one of which died a few days ago. The very earliest one was when I was at home, and when the cows were...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Sat, Apr 16 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
  • 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 quarter of the chart / league table. You take up on...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Tue, Jan 4 2011
  • 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 herd towards the gate, her head goes up and ears...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Fri, Nov 5 2010
  • The Suckler Cows have started Calving

    We left the calves with them for most of the winter only weaning them in mid February, by this time it had pulled the mothers down, so almost all of the herd now looks "poor" or should I say slim. Well its that time of year again and the suckler cows have started calving, so far we have had...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Sat, Mar 27 2010
  • Suckler calves

    To catch them by the chin and ear, back them in the crate, Kicking, jumping, bellowing, mother cow's rattling at the gate. From mid June we started feeding corn in a creep feeder for the suckler calves, it takes quite a while for them to start to find their way in, and its quite easy for them wonder...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Sun, Oct 25 2009
  • Moles and Meadows

    Moles It's that time of year again when the moles start digging and pushing up soil in their inimitable way. Nearly always on the best bit of lawn, following in the hedge bottom then branching out under the grass in the most unpredictable directions. In the fields they work the same pushing soil...
    Posted to Owd Fred's Blog (Weblog) by Owd Fred on Tue, Apr 28 2009
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