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Christmas is here!

November 8th, 2012

Merry Christmas  everybody

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Browns’ Macmillan Cake Off

August 15th, 2012

Join us on September 28th  10am – 2pm to help support this event; coffee, cakes & raffle.

Join in with our “Bake Off”

Enter your best cake; Best Sponge Cake & Best Fruit Cake
Prizes for best cakes
Entry fee £5 per person, maximum 2 cakes per person.
Cakes must arrive by 10am on the day or can be delivered before 5pm on Thursday 27th
All cakes will then be sold in aid of Macmillan Nurses

Plus Tastings and Craft Stalls

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Browns go Green

August 1st, 2012

On Monday 30th, the 85 Solar panels on our new barn were connected to the grid and started producing electricity which will provide power for a large proportion of of our fridges and freezers in the shop.

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Cattle enjoying the better weather

July 21st, 2012

After weeks of being rained on Vernon, our shorthorn bull, and his cows and calves are enjoying the sunshine

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New arrivals

April 17th, 2012

 

With the arrival of some warmer weather all of the cows are now back out at grass. Numbers have been increasing as we have had several calves born in the last week or so including the latest addition in the picture above. It is a heifer (female) calf and was only minutes old when the photo was taken and her mum , April, is licking her to clean her up and dry her.  April is our oldest cow and will be 16  in July this year and has had 12 previous calves.

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At last a new post!

October 20th, 2011

Apologies for the lack of updates about what we have been upto on the farm but we have been busy getting the harvest in, then getting the ground prepared for the next crop, and then sowing it.

For us harvest starts with silage which is grass that is rolled up into big bales and then wrapped in airtight plastic to preserve it for use as feed for the cattle over winter.  Then we cut a small area of grass which is turned over a few times over 3 or 4 days to dry out and then baled up as hay to feed to the horses.

Our busiest spell is when the combine harvester comes out and we start cutting Oilseed Rape. The plants that have bright yellow flowers in April and May yield small black seeds that contain oil which can be used in many things from cooking to biodiesel as well as having a number of industrial uses.

After the Oilseed Rape is finished we start on our main crop which is wheat, the type that we grow is ideal for use in cereal and biscuit production which there is a good market for in this area, much of ours goes in to making weetabix. Once the combine has harvested the grain, we bale a lot of the straw for bedding the animals on. Any thats not needed is chopped and incorporated back into the soil to help the next crop.

After harvest the ground is cultivated and then the next crop is sown. The pictures above show the seed drill in the last field having nearly finished. After we have sown the seeds we roll the fields to firm up the seed bed to help the plants germinate. All we need then is some rain so that they can grow well.

We now have a few weeks a little bit quieter before the Christmas rush, so hopefully I will be able to keep you updated as we prepare to get the cattle and pigs in for winter and start to tackle some winter projects.

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First calves of the Year

March 7th, 2011

Annies calfCalves

We have had two new arrivals on the farm in the past week or so, with the first calves of the year being born. They will stay with their mums for about six months before being weaned. Now we just need some warmer drier weather and it will feel like spring has finally arrived.

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Cattle in the Frost

December 10th, 2010

With the onset of the colder weather our cattle that are outside need some extra food to supplement the grass. They get a mixture of barley straw and wholecrop silage.

When the turkeys are all out of the yards in mid December the cattle will come inside for the winter.

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Let Plucking Commence!

December 1st, 2010

With Christmas only 24 days away, we have started  on the turkeys.

This is guaranteed to mean that some cattle will get out, and true to form they once again disrupted the proceedings this morning!

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MacMillan Coffee Morning

September 29th, 2010

In spite of bad weather we had great support for our MacMillan Coffee morning and raised £140 for this worthy cause.

Many thanks to all who supported us.

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