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My Farming Week - Michael and Emma Kelly, Doncaster

Michael and Emma of Foxridge Farm are first time farmers with seven Texel cross ewes on a small rented 4 acre plot in Doncaster, with hope of expanding and becoming a bigger and valuable part of the Doncaster community.


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Michael and Emma Kelly
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Sheep: I have just managed to get a quiet week at work to sort out some new sheep grazing. Five acres with seven sheep to be moved on within the week.


Sunday was just a normal day off for me, so I went and had a look at some new grazing for the new breeding stock.


The ground and gazing was perfect, it just needed some new fences. I paid some rent and started looking into fencing the field, at as low cost as possible.


Monday is usually a work day, however it has been quiet at work so I managed to get it off.


I went up to Barnsley to collect a second hand cattle trailer to move the new sheep.


We are a none profit organisation so any money that can be saved in cost is a bonus so it can go towards helping to feed the homeless.


Trees: Tuesday started with us taking some troublesome trees down.


I began fencing the short edge of the field once this was done. This turned out to be harder than originally planned as I could not get a tractor on the field.


So it has taken good old man power to put up fences. My wife Emma and I managed though.


I went back to work on Wednesday, so plumbing was my calling. The farming had to wait until after I had finished work at about 4pm.


Fencing: Emma and I went down and managed to put up the longest part of the fence between us with some effort and began to take an old burnt barn down.


The last part of the fence was the hardest part as it took four of us to get it down a riverbank.


I had more manpower on Friday, so between me and four of my friends we managed to get the old barn taken down and removed safely.


However, it meant we ended up carrying bits of old barn by hand down a lane to a trailer to be disposed of properly.


Finishing touches: I find there are never enough hours in a weekend. We put the last few Farmers Guardian ’Take The Lead’ signs up around the field before we went off to collect our 10 new ewes.


Possibly the longest week for me and my wife but seeing 10 happy, healthy, organic ewes grazing our very first field made it all worthwhile in the end.

 


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