Spring has defiantly arrived, we now have 140 newly born calves and for those of you who are unable to come and stay I have taken a few photos for you to see. We have a few farming weekends still available, please check for availability, or book ahead for 2018 and experience a holiday to remember in our lovely cottages, hidden away in North Devon.
‘Monty’ the calf loves having her photo taken, she has been growing well and enjoys her add lib yogurt. We will be following her progress over the next few months.
Farmer Lynda has taken a few pictures, let us know on face book which calf you think has the cutest face, choose a name for her and I will endeavour to take a selfie.
The beds are made and the feeders are clean, the yogurt is made for the calves to drink. We expect 200 cows to calve in February, March and April. Also 80 heifers ( first time mums) Neil the farmer will have sleepless nights but still he is keen to have female calves because they will join the herd when they are are two years old, after having their own calves.
Other events on the farm this month have been to repair the tracks that the cows use to walk around the farm. We aim to have the cows in the fields from early March to October depending on the weather. Some days they walk 2 miles to the back of the farm, actually sometimes they run to the fields to get the best grass.
Only a few mini- breaks are still available to stay in our warm cosy cottages, bring your boots, cameras so come and cuddle a calf.
This is my first diary entry and what a special time to begin as a New Year starts.
Some of the cows are having a ‘mini-break’ which means a 2 month rest from milking. It gives them time to chew the cud and recharge before their calves arrive in February.
On another note, If you would like to see some ‘Calving Live’ we have some dates still available during the spring, we can provide the boiler suits you will need to bring your wellington boots.