Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Fencing

Hi All

What a horrible week. I have had exams all week and to make matters worse it has not stopped raining. As a farmer I should not complain about the rain but it is horrible. I know a local farmer who has silage ready to be cut in the next few weeks but the river that runs next to the field has flooded.  It needs to stop right now and if we then get some sun, there will be grass everywhere.

In the field where the ewes and lambs live, we use an electric fence which splits the field in half. The lambs get through the fence even throw it is "electric". This means that they are not with their mothers, so the ewes go to fing them and they push through the fence too. The ewes can then get tangled up in the fence and it causes mayhem. So we have now decided to put a new permanent fence up. This will separate the field properly.

I have had a comment on my blog from A. M: This is an amazing project! We're doing the same thing with a couple of orphans rearing them on the bottle and will sell them when they reach the right weight. Do you do this by yourself? It's just what I want to do, I'm helping with lambing at the Scottish Agricultural Colllege, and I'm completely obsessed. It's great to know that there are likeminded people my age out there!!! Good luck, and a brilliant blog!

Thank you Annie for your very kind comments. I am really pleased that you are another person starting up in farming. There are not many young people who want to start farming as it is a hard and time consuming job. Make sure you pick the right place to sell your lambs, and make sure you watch the trends in the prices for a couple of weeks before you plan to sell.

As usual send me some more questions and I will try my best to answer them. I will be attending the Spring Gardening Show next week at the Three Counties Showground. It is a great event that I go to every year.I will be buying some flowering plants to brighten up the garden when the rain stops! My main interest in the garden is vegetables. I grow tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, lettuces, cabbages, beetroot, rhubarb, carrots and peas. Mum loves me growing vegetables!

Hope you are all well.
Jack

1 comment:

  1. Hello again,

    Raining very hard here too! Do you keep other animals apart from the sheep, and will you be entering anything at the Three Counties? I love agricultural shows, and will be entering our local one this year!

    Annie M

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