Wednesday, 10 January 2018

First 2018 lamb run

These were gathered Sunday and the ones not selected were wormed.
They were a bit damp and didn't dry as well as expected inside overnight, but another 14 away so less to feed.
This winter for first time ever there is no barley so they are getting finisher pellets and sugar beet pellets about 50-50

Did consider buying 10t of barley but do wonder how important it is and they seem to be doing OK without though they are getting 2x the amount of pellets I would have been mixing in (with barley) anyway.

At home weaned calves miss it more but they are getting silage bales rather than hay and seem to be doing OK

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Malton to the moors

A sort of vlog returning from Malton last week with pickup and trfailer

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Tree stump removal

This Ash tree was planted about 1980 and has been coppiced at least three times - and needed doing again- but the adjacent makeshift barrier of sleepers and heavy tin sheets was put up in the early 1970s and way past its best.
So unfortunately the tree needed o go to allow proper foundations for a new block wall..
This needs to be substantial, as it forms part of cattle yard boundary and is on the way to the handling race area so cattle can be inclined to try anything to avoid going down there if so minded.

My own mini-digger cut through a lot of the roots but could not move it so this JCB was borrowed for a couple of hours.

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