FG BUY&SELL        FARMERS WEATHER       ARABLE FARMING        DAIRY FARMER      FARMERS GUARDIAN        AGRIMONEY        OUR EVENTS        MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS        BLOGS        MORE FROM US

You are viewing 1 of your 2 free articles

You’ll need to join us by becoming a member to gain more access.
Already a Member?

Login Join us now

Rachel Lewis-Davies: Every day is a school day at Yscoedreddfyn

Insights

While everyday may be a school day for new fellow contributor Will Case in Cumbria, here at Yscoedreddfyn we pray for days that are not school days

Twitter Facebook

The farmyard laboratory is infinitely preferable to the school classroom and young and old have enjoyed a full and challenging curriculum over recent weeks.

 

Gwilym working with his young sheepdog pups and Lewis embracing the concept of shearing for the first time, also getting stuck in to some topping. This has resulted in one ‘write-off’ and quite a lot of ‘mechanic-ing’ and the mishaps, together with the obsession in extra-curricular activities including fishing and rugby training, have led me to think he is starting to look like an ideal candidate for TVs ‘First Time Farmer’ or ‘Made in ‘Ereford’ as Bobby likes to call it.

 

We have, of course, covered the compulsory subject of reproduction, or in our case, ‘to bull or not to bull’ – our Welsh Black heifers have grown well over the summer, leading to extensive debate over whether to embrace modern thinking and bull them to calf at two years as opposed to three.

 

Bobby has spent considerable time pondering by what miracle a perfect crop of stubble turnips can have appeared in the new ley in Tirabad. I prefer to count it as a blessing, observing it is way better than the new ley opposite which is full of docks.

 

The history lesson teaches us that lamb trade gets ‘sticky’ from July onwards and this is borne out in the lamb sales. We are reassured by market research which promises jam tomorrow and better trade next year. Ever heard that before?

 

We have done our homework too. Bobby’s maths have been applied to the cashflow and he concludes we will, in fact, survive another year if we can get to SPS in December. I have turned my attention to the Glastir application and have still not yet determined how all the field records and stocking diaries contribute anything to environmental action on the ground, deciding I will need an A Level in this subject before I am sufficiently competent in Glastir record keeping.

 

I can conclude Yscoedreddfyn has indeed been an establishment for lifelong learning – whether it would stand the rigors of inspection, though, I can’t be sure.

Twitter Facebook
Rating (0 vote/s)
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

More Insights

Low cost system ensures profitability

A Gloucestershire dairy farmer relies on a low-cost system which treats the herd as if it were one cow, in order to maintain a profitable business. Wendy Short reports.

Getting sand bedding right

Sand is only one option available for bedding dairy cubicles, posing its own challenges and benefits. Laura Bowyer visited Richard Chewter at a quarry in Hampshire.

Aphids prove a writer's muse

Juggling fruit with fiction has been a quite a journey for Kathryn Evans whose talent and persistence has seen her name catapult way beyond the farmgate. Sue Scott finds out more.

The reindeer on the hill attract thousands to the tip of Scottish border

As the first Friday of December falls, Erika Hay travels to the Cairngorm mountains to find out more about the majestic animals gracing its landscape and the small family unit running it.

Making better use of grass and improving fertility are keys to survival

Ireland’s dairy industry has made substantial improvement in on-farm performance and national output over the past 10 years. Ann Hardy reports from the Ireland Genetics UK Dairy Conference. 
FG Insight and FGInsight.com are trademarks of Briefing Media Ltd.
Farmers Guardian and FarmersGuardian.com are trademarks of Farmers Guardian Ltd, a subsidiary of Briefing Media Ltd.
All material published on FGInsight.com and FarmersGuardian.com is copyrighted © 2016 by Briefing Media Limited. All rights reserved.
RSS news feeds