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Christine Ryder: 'Cows are in a high security shed this year, to stop them getting into the granary'

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Last week we held our charity breakfast event and what a week it was. Luckily, we were blessed with good weather, which always makes things easier and, with so many people coming into the house, it certainly saves a lot of carpet cleaning.

 

We had many generous sponsors of food, including Debbie and Andrew’s sausages and Jersey milk from Quality Milk producers which made fabulous porridge.

 

During the three days, we served more than 180 meals. Some local friends and Farm Stay UK colleagues came to help, along with a couple of Barclays Bank agriculture managers each day.

 

There was some great teamwork going on and we had a lot of fun, but the days were long and quite exhausting.

 

The main objective was to raise funds and awareness for Addington Fund and we finished up with a total of £8,000, so I was delighted to say the least.

 

I could not have done it without the help and I am indebted to them all.

 

Barclays Bank was very generous in matchfunding the money and I think the managers enjoyed their day out of the office. Many thanks to John Pinches for organising that.

 

Meanwhile, the farmwork still had to go on, so in among parking cars, Chris scanned the last of the Swaledale sheep. They scanned at more than 200 per cent, with far too many triplets, so they are going to need quite a bit of looking after.

 

Years ago, we never used to get so many triplets among the Swaledales, but I guess it is a combination of better farming practices and genetics.

 

Possibly having kept twins as breeding replacements, they are now more prolific. No doubt there will have been trials done on this somewhere, and I will definitely be making sure the lamb milk machine still works.

 

We have weaned the calves this weekend. Cows are going to stay inside for a few days until they quieten down, then we will take them back up onto the moor.

 

Calves are in a high security shed this year, because we were not going to risk them getting up into the granary again.

 

Despite being out on the moor until now, we are really pleased with how well they all look and the condition they are in.

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