It has been a tough Autumn in 2019 .....
After a long dry summer which affected the organic grass & clover leys, the rain has hardly stopped which has meant it has been hard to get our autumn crops in the ground. What is not planted before Christmas will have to wait until the spring.
The Lambs are fattening slowly but surely and seem to be working their magic on the overall fertility of the farm soils.
Here they are on the way to new grass!
The rams have done their job! The lads were introduced to the ladies on the 5th November and having been working hard to make sure that we have a good crop of lambs in the spring. They are now relaxing with Yogi the hairy pony who has adopted them and leads them around the farm better than any sheep dog!
Our autumn crops are now beginning to peek through the soil. We sow our crops on wider rows so that we can mechanically hoe inbetween the rows to deal with weeds as we don't like to use chemical sprays on our farm. However, we only hoe when necessary to avoid disturbing ground nesting birds.
We are now fully underway with sowing our autumn cereals. Winter barley, spelt and oats are in the ground with wheat being sown today. Seedbeds have been excellent and with a warm start to October the crops should emerge within the week. This autumn we are using our new Swedish drill which not only sows seed but hoes weeds out of our crops as well.