I am beginning to think we may need to buy a boat. When will it ever stop raining? The ground is well and truly waterlogged, to the point the cows were starting to poach the ground, so we have moved them up onto the moor where they can’t do any damage.
We have a large area of hard standing which is ideal for putting ring feeders on and we have started to give them bales of silage.
Chris has been out doing his annual shopping at the tup sales. He always says he doesn’t need any more and he is just going to look, but as always, new purchases came home.
Some of the Bluefaced Leicesters seem to command amazing prices and to get something good it seems the best way is to buy as a syndicate.
It is a long day at the Hawes sale when it starts at 9am and doesn’t finish until 10pm.
Finished lamb prices seem to be holding up well and we hope this continues as we still have quite a few to sell. We have sold lambs this year both through the marts and also deadweight.
Price-wise, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of difference. Some days it is just more convenient to take them to a collection centre and drop them off, as it saves an awful lot of time.
The downside for Chris is the lack of social interaction with fellow farmers, and there is no cafe lunch.
We have decided to sell our small flock of Herdwicks and they are going to Skipton mart tomorrow (October 12).
We like them a lot, but somehow we seem to have quite a few different breeds here, so the aim is to simplify things and keep more Mules.
There still seems to be plenty of tourists around. There was a shaky start to the year, but since early September the B&B has been incredibly busy with bookings still coming in.
Normally October starts to go quiet but not so this year.
A couple of years ago we bought a holiday cottage at Filey. We did think we might get a few short breaks there, but that has been so busy too that there has never been a space for us.
Maybe with all the uncertainty of Brexit and the disaster that befell Thomas Cook, more people will choose to stay and holiday here in the UK and support our home economy.