Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK.
For the first time ever, I am glad it is raining. We have been fortunate to catch some decent downpours recently and things are starting to look green again. There is a long way to go before we get back to normal although, with the unpredictable weather of the last few years, I am no longer sure what normal weather is.
The dry weather isn’t all bad and has allowed us to get on with some drainage work in some of the wettest spots on the farm. Hopefully we have been able to solve a few problems. However, in this parallel drought universe we live in, the wet land that we subsoiled earlier in spring is now burnt out. Sometimes it’s hard to do right.
We have taken our second cut of silage at Plumpton. It isn’t the biggest crop, but growth seems to have ground to a halt. I cannot help feeling we will be better off starting again with the regrowth and hope the land we have set aside for a third cut will fill up our clamp.
The hot weather is also putting the egg market under pressure as high temperatures suppress the appetite of the hens and, with intake down, so is our egg size. This has created a surplus of medium size eggs when the market is in need of large.
The heatwave also affects the intake of our customers. We could have some expensive hen feed to buy this winter so hopefully the weather will cool down soon and let the consumers get back to baking!
Last week we were proud to be asked to host the annual Westmorland County Agricultural Society president’s farm walk. With a big team effort everything came together to make a very enjoyable evening, rounded off with pie and peas in the sheep shed. A good night was had by all.
A great time was also had at our local show. North Lonsdale Show has an excellent new show field and the day was a great success. There was a great show of stock and a bumper crowd was in attendance.
Phil Halhead commentated during the day and did a fantastic job of explaining to the public about the livestock, the people and the roles they play in providing wholesome food and our wonderful environment.
There is a really positive story to tell about farming and our shows give us a great opportunity to do so. We should grab it with both hands.