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William and Andrew Cowx: A busy few weeks, and goodbye after five years of writing

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Well it has been a busy four weeks since our last article, and it just seems like yesterday.

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The weather too has continued in the same form, allowing most people to make crop in good conditions and hopefully have full pits of silage and barns of hay.

 

The combination of good growing conditions and reduced cattle numbers early on meant we had an abundance of grass, so as a result, even though we had made our hay and silage, we decided to clear another couple of fields from stock and take a crop of hay/silage from them weather permitting (hopefully by the time you read this).

 

The two fields have also been earmarked for reseeding, so once the crop has been removed they will receive a liberal coating of farmyard manure and then be ploughed – all going to plan.The slurry tower has been emptied onto silage aftermaths to provide grazing for lambs later on and as yet no fertiliser has been applied; we will see how they grow for now and apply later if needed.

 

The ewes and lambs are continuing to do well. The ewes have been shorn and I think must feel better for it the way the weather has been, but I am not sure who loses the most sweat – the shearers who make the job look so easy, or the man trying to get the sheep up the ramp to the trailer. They seem to get more stubborn every year.

 

Good trade

We have continued to sell lambs weekly and they have been making a good trade – that is up until the recent week when they slipped about £8. The yearly supply and demand scenario seems to have kicked in once again, and makes you ask why retailers ship lamb halfway round the world when we have so much in this country: they say one thing but do another.

 

It is now about five years since we started to write our monthly news and thoughts for ‘In Your Field’. I have thoroughly enjoyed doing it, but after all this time it gets more and more difficult to do, so we have reluctantly decided to call it a day and let someone new tell us about their farm and give us their views on the topics of the day.

 

I will miss people coming up and commenting on what we had written and some on what we had not, and saying how much they had enjoyed reading our thoughts.

 

Thank you very much for your kind words and letters we received over the years. I am sure editor Emma Penny will not miss having to ring up and remind me print deadline is nearly up and they are waiting for the article, and I look forward to reading our replacement’s news.

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