Several diaries were received from farmers. These are some of the entries received
from various Powys farms.
- Sorted fat lambs to sell . . . collected
two stray ewes from Glog farm - which gave me the opportunity to see the most
westerly Bronze Age burial mound (2000-3000 years BC) on Glog Hill.
- I then faxed three invoices to Trading
Standards, which act as movement licences for rams bought at Builth Wells
Ram Sale yesterday on the Royal Welsh Showground.
- Got up at 5.30am. Milked 6 till 8. Took
lambs to Brecon Market. Bought dog nuts at HDF. Wood at Jenkins Builders merchants.
Returned home, emptied bulk cake bin of stale cake. Fresh came at 1.30pm.
After dinner (1/2 hour) returned 5 stray lambs to a neighbour and mended the
fence. Moved expectant heifers closer to home. Had tea with kids. Started
milking 5pm, finished at 8.
- AM - feed poultry and rams/fat lambs.
Preparation of registered rams for sale later in the autumn. (Shepherding
rest of animals). Sorting out ewes for sale and those to be used for breeding
this autumn. Short visit to registered Beulah speckled ram sale on Builth
Smithfield (trying to judge prices and present demand for future reference).
PM - Visit from forestry person re re-plating of our woodland with broadleaf
instead of conifers (approx 2 hours).
- On the farm
today - gathered, cleaned sheep, parted into separate lots, checked their
hoofs for foot rot etc. Gathered eggs from free
range hens, put fresh hay in nest boxes.
5.30 Get up
6.30 Gather milking cows to milk
10.00 Gather sheep. Docking sheep.
1.00 Snack lunch
1.30 Back to docking sheep
5.00 Cup of coffee
5.30 Gather milking cows to milk
7.30 Evening meal
- Having a farm sale, sorting out stock.
- Big ram sale at Builth Wells - a journey
of 30 miles with Diahatsu vehicle to buy a ram.
- I rose at 7am and went down the fields
by the river to get some cattle in to go to the abattoir in Shrewsbury. The
stock lorry was supposed to come by 8am. I then fed 12 baby calves that had
been delivered last Friday. After dinner I worked in the vegetable garden
so that I would be close by when the lorry came. The lorry eventually came
at 11am, by 11.30 the cattle were loaded and all of the considerable amount
of paperwork handed over to the driver. I then went to see and feed the other
cattle on the farm on my quad bike. I spent the afternoon making repairs to
and servicing my tractor ready to start spreading some manure on Thursday.
- I got up as usual about 6.30, had a cuppa then went out to
see the stock. The old bull was lame again, too much work I thinks. I pulled
a calf out of one of the heifers - bloody tight. I got roughly 100 ewes in
to dock. Some of the buggers were dirty, then I drenched them and turned them
to the rambo. Now it's time for bed.