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In Your Field: Will Case - 'Our three boys enthusiastically helped during the summer break'

Every week we follpow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK.

After the longest, hottest, driest summer in recent memory, normal service has been resumed.

Things are warm and wet, our grass is growing well and everything on four legs has a green backside.

 

In August, we took the plunge and made silage out of lawnmower clippings that were our third cut at Robbs Water. The quality was superb, but the quantity was less impressive.

 

We rowed up the grass with the dew still on it to retain some moisture and stop it blowing away.

 

With fertiliser and slurry applied, the fourth cut grass is now powering on and we hope it becomes a more plentiful crop than the last one.

 

All lambs are now weaned and growing well after this flush of grass growth. We are still offering creep feed to bigger lambs to get the extra weight and finish the market seems to be demanding at the moment.

 

The dry feed is also having a beneficial effect on the aforementioned green bums. As we go through our ewes and check their udders, we seem to be finding more lumps and bad quarters than usual. I am putting it down to the pressure of hungry lambs earlier in the season. No two are ever the same.

 

Breeding sheep sales are upon us and our tups are raring to go. We have sold well at Kendal and Ulverston so far. Next stop is at Kelso, where we are in ring seven, lot 11, followed by our final sale at Penrith.

 

We have a selection of naturally grown, performance-recorded tups available and ready to rock for all you discerning ram buyers out there.

 

August is also holiday season and our three boys have been enthusiastically helping during the summer break. They get stuck in at every opportunity, whether I want them to or not.

 

It can be a little bit intense sometimes, but I am going to miss them when they go back to school. On a number of occasions I have had to admit that without their help some things just would not have been possible.

 

They grow up so fast, but I am thankful that as a family farm we have the unique opportunity to experience what it is to work with our children as well as play with them.

 

That may sound strange to someone from outside of farming, but there are few things more satisfying than seeing how they learn and overcome challenges. Before one of them brings things back down to earth and hits their brother with a stick, that is.


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