Friday, 24 October 2014
It went reasonably smoothly but they weren't exactly sensible, in particular they always seem to want to go up the village rather than down to the cricket pitch.
Today the main herd were grazing down there which did help where they have to go through a rather wet gateway.
This is more or less usual time but there was no urgency as it is still reasonably dry and some grass left - however one big heifer which is supposedly due 12th November looks suspiciously likely to calve with the next week or so.
Yesterday there was some milk oozing out.
It seems a distinct possibility she will have twins so really good to get her home, and this evening I have her in the calving shed - with the other two have been in there a week already - were due on 12th October (!)
The yearling stores are still out up near Riddings and again there is reasonable grass left, but next time it comes wet and windy they want bringing home I think.
Look OK so far but will soon go backwards spending time trying to shelter by a wall.
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Saturday, 4 October 2014
On Tuesday the new and improved silage pit barrier rail was welded together by Andrew from George Agars.
On Friday some toppings cut last weekend were baled up as sort of hay/bedding material (3rd October!)
Then today wool has been taken to the collection point.
We were lucky with that as the first serious rain was expected at the same time - but in the event there was only about 1mm.
Friday, 1 August 2014
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Sunday, 29 June 2014
Without the tractors having cabs, I would have been riding around with a big coat on I think!
Last year it was about 27C doing these top fields.
The other day more like 13C
Cloudy until 1pm or would have been able to finish all three, but has been very little rain just enough to damp the top so hope to get it done Sunday or Monday.
Next weekend sounds dodgy then dry + quite hot to follow most likely.
Have two good sized fields still to cut, not sure whether to do them ASAP or wait to see what if the weekend rain event comes off.
They were grazed by sheep until mid-April so not as forward as what I've done.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Monday, 10 March 2014
Picked this up today, at a glance it looks much like the old one, but there are huge differences.
It’s more powerful especially lower down the rev range yet uses less fuel.
When driving it is far more planted and less bouncy.
There’s traction control too – not sure how effective that is but it’s supposed to detect one wheel starting to spin and transfer drive to the other or others if in 4x4
It can tow 3.5 tons too.
The only down side is it’s a bit bigger all round - and the older one was big enough for small parking spaces!
The dealer seemed generally OK aside from the hopelessly optimistic delivery schedule – I expected anyway.
The one annoyance was not just a low fuel tank but a tank so near empty I wondered if I would get 5 miles to Guisborough - which was the first one I passed.
Admittedly I left mine near 1/4 but if the new one had been about half full it would hardly be generous.
They had to drive it to Ripon for the canopy to be put on so must have consciously only put about £10 in.
It took £84 to fill it!
Sunday, 9 February 2014
January has been so soggy it's been hard to get much done.
Last Friday I went over to Malton to see how store cattle were doing, as I have a couple of loads ready to go.
The smaller ones seemed down quite a bit but better ones were getting over £1000 - probably bigger than mine though.
Surprisingly, very little flooding to be seen, rivers were about level full though