The Olympic Games has begun and I have always enjoyed following the various events and the progress of our athletes. It does not seem long since the London Olympics, which coincided with our move into the farmhouse at Plumpton.
Moving into the farmhouse is a pretty memorable event for anyone and I will always associate it with the excitement of summer 2012 and the medals of Team GB.
Our AHDB open afternoon went well with a good turnout of people. I was pleasantly surprised by how far people travelled to attend.
I hope our sheep were up to standard for our visitors; I know for certain the catering was, as Mum’s baking was given high praise.
Sam Boon gave a very interesting presentation, which highlighted some of the gains to be felt by breeders and buyers when using recorded tups.
This month has seen us finish our second cut of silage. Grass has been good quality and we beat the weather this time. I always think it is a satisfying feeling to be sheeting up a pit in the rain.
July is the month of our local show, Ulverston and North Lonsdale. The show was a great success and the new field worked well. The sun shone and the day was well attended.
Our eldest son Thomas competed in the young handlers competition with a Texel tup lamb which outweighed him by quite a bit. He was determined to take a ‘good big lamb’ and he led him around the main ring without a problem.
I was hoping the lamb would not play up, but I was fairly certain Thomas would not let go whatever happened. It was good to see the crowds of general public around the livestock rings and the interest gives us farmers a great chance to meet with people who buy our produce.
Following on from this, we had a trip to Yorkshire to visit friends. On the way, our sons, given free choice of where to visit, chose a farm. Hesketh Farm Park near Skipton to be precise. It was an interesting place, a lot of fun and most impressively was a real education for the public, cleverly helping them to understand how their food is produced.
With the new post-Brexit world we are farming in, the way in which we engage with our customers will be crucial if we are to be a relevant, thriving industry. Their tea and cakes were pretty good too.