John Bainbridge is bracing himself for the cold

With a wintry forecast on the horizon, stocking up with essentials such as feed and oil is a top priority to avoid getting caught out.

Unfortunately, on delivery, my cake supplier insists on leaving a proportion of pellets on the yard floor, as opposed to in the feed bin where they should be. At their high prices the pellets are more like gold dust, making it tempting to pick them up one by one, so not to waste any.

All the ewes are now being fed ad-lib silage. It’s the first year I’ve fed chopped round bale silage to the ewes and found it a success. Chopping the silage has made it more palatable, increasing intakes, and the bales break up more easily in the ring feeders, rather than getting wedged.

I prefer to keep flesh on the sheep at this stage of mid-pregnancy, so sugar beet pellets are also fed. It’s a shame there’s such a premium price on what is essentially a waste product.

One of our own waste products is black plastic. Bagging it can wear a little thin at this time of year especially when there’s a charge for each bag sent away. At least the plastic does get recycled.

Last year’s high rainfall along with harsh winter conditions has eroded a lot of tracks around the farm. In particular, our entrance road, which is a 3/4 mile stretch of tarmac, needed attention. With some patchwork and a bit of resurfacing I think I’ve spent enough. I just hope the repairs last long enough to see out my time here.

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