Sunday, 22 October 2017

Wool collection day

This is the annual central pick up point - it goes of to Bradford I think. Usually some time in October, it was a stormy day but we were lucky it was dry for a couple of hours.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Dumper rebuilding project

This seemed to come about in a very haphazard way with an attempt to stop fuel and oil leaks accidentally immobilising it - then leading to a full engine rebuild which took several weeks with various parts sent away for refurbishment!
The result is a machine almost good as new and it has started immediately with very little smoke since this first firing up.

It was registered in 1986/87 and will have had quite a hard life.
Basically a simple robust machine which should be good for another 30 years with care.


Loading muck after second cut

This pile was built up through last winter, but it's largely silage waste from ring feeders now well rotted down.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Miliking Parlour roof update

Progress has been quite slow with slating as it's not a job for frosty damp or windy days and roof is more or less weatherproof so no rush.
LED 'fluorescent' lights were installed yesterday and they are quite impressive - brighter than comparable size old type and come on instantly.
Not qute sure how reliability will be long term at this stage.
It sounds like some people have had about 10% fail in the first few weeks then remaining units seem OK.




(new) Mavic Pro aerial shots.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Slightly snowy ruswarp run

It was Ruswarp Market's second suckler sale and three bullocks were booked in.
It was quite concerning to see things pretty white at dawn but it tended to thaw even by 9am roads were mainly clear - though it continued to settle higher up.

Once before one of their sales was badly affected and a lot of cattle could not get there.



Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Barn roof update

Slow but steady progress with old milking parlour.
It's a big roof and will take at least two weeks just putting slates on.