Charlie Armstrong

All my farming life I have been reminded by my elders of the winters of 1947 and 1963. Huge snow drifts led to farmers cutting hedge tops off to feed sheep, sheep smothered, sheep and shepherds perished – the list is never ending and will never be forgotten by some.

Well the long wet year of 2012 will never be forgotten by me and probably you.

The stories will be passed on for generations, reminding us all that farming is not always easy or as it seems.

Helping neighbours or friends in times like this is a must, even if it’s just having a pint.

On Monday we went hunting potatoes.

Low and behold we did find some. But just as we finished the first lap of the field, a slight blip in coordination of the tractors resulted in the elevator being removed rapidly without the use of any spanners.

At the moment we seem to be bringing in more tups than we are putting out, but we are finished tailing ewes.

Store lambs are eyeing up the rape and kale, but it wont last as long as they think, so some will have be housed in a nice dry shed, where they will be fed some excellent silage saved from last year and some organic barley that resembles… well I don’t know what, but it doesn’t look like barley.

Charlie Armstrong farms 1,011ha with his wife Jane and parents Charlie and Sylvia near Alnwick, Northumberland. Livestock consists of 1,200 finishing cattle and 10,000 ewes

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