August seems to have arrived all too quickly, with some very changeable weather for us and hot sun punctuated by heavy downpours of rain.
Watching the forecast is almost a waste of time as it changes so often, but I shouldn’t grumble, as grass growth is terrific, ground conditions are firm underfoot and we have thankfully avoided many of the extreme bursts of rain.
I was shocked to see the devastation caused to farms in Yorkshire, but it was heartening to see pictures of the rural community rallying round to repair walls and help out. Sometimes a crisis brings out the best in people.
This week we yelled ‘banzai’, took a risk and hitched on the mower to get our third cut tidied up. The black clouds threatened, but thankfully held off and we got finished before the rain arrived.
The crop was pretty good and, despite only having eight hours wilt, was remarkably dry. I am looking forward to seeing the analysis of this year’s multi-cut forage to compare with our usual two-cut routine. Hopefully, the change will be reflected in cattle growth rates this winter.
This month we hosted a tour of customers from Booths supermarket.
Booths ran a competition to celebrate Prince’s Countryside Week, where customers were taken on a farm tour by a Booths farmer.
As we supply the retailer with salt marsh lamb, we were happy to be involved. We had a lovely group of people, some travelling from as far as Derbyshire, and it was a pleasure to show them around. It was very nice to meet customers who enjoy our lamb and hear their thoughts.
Sheep breeding sales are almost upon us and our team of tups is approaching peak fitness. We have some strong boys this year after a good season of grass growth and it has been pleasing to hear from regular customers wanting to come for a look.
I usually like them to look tidy for visitors, but recently some of them have been rocking the zebra look after a particularly enjoyable time with the parked up hedge cutter.
The summer holidays are here and I now have three very enthusiastic helpers. Our boys are growing up fast and they take in everything. It is great to have them around and to see how their knowledge is growing.
They used to just watch and learn, but they now offer many opinions. I imagine these will only increase in number and variety; you reap what you sow.