A few beautifully red skies at both ends of shortening days this week, along with the multitude of different coloured leaves in their last flurry of this year’s life, signify the end of autumn and into darker chills of the winter ahead.
Although it has been dry this week, the recent rainfall left the land wet underfoot and all cattle are now housed.
The thought of housing cattle indoors until spring is actually worse than the reality, as feeding in the buildings once in a routine is easier than the hungry cattle waiting at messy gateways and poaching areas with muddy machinery and heavy feet.
Cows have all been scanned and any non-carrying passengers will be culled, along with some younger breeding stock, to make way for new enterprises on-farm.
Two hundred ewes have been turned to the rams for lambing in early March. These will be lambed indoors and timed to supply a supermarket contract I have signed up to.
Whether I have made the right decision to try to chase the returns in high input high output sheep remains to be seen and will be a useful measure, alongside the later outdoor lambing main flock to record against.
It seems as though by the time the lamb hits the shelves the public will be on a plant-based diet if the current advert by a large supermarket [Tesco] is to be believed.
Using a child to tug on the emotional heart strings is abhorrent in the face of problems facing the growing child’s development if meat and milk protein were replaced by a chemically developed alternative.
It also seems the protests in London and other large cities in the developed world have lost much of their initial intention of gaining public support, with the disruption to working people’s lives and the defacing of war memorials and over-stretching of already under-resourced police services and children’s hospitals.
Anyone in Wales has until October 30 to have their say on the Sustainable Farming and Our Land consultation, which is your chance to outline your vision for the future of a productive and progressive agricultural policy in Wales.