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William and Andrew Cowx: Selling the first batch of cattle - and an exciting new arrival

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What a good spell of weather we are having. It has enabled us to get our silage in and all the grass cut for hay, so hopefully the dry spell will continue.

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We have not as many acres of silage this year as we are reducing cow numbers. The first batch of cows and calves were sold at Carlisle last week – not a fantastic trade but just about what we expected. They averaged £2,400 which was just about commercial price.

 

Cattle we have left at home are doing very well. They have any amount of grass, in fact too much as it is getting too long for the sheep and causing a lot of lame lambs which we are continually having to put through the footbath which causes extra work. Last year we had very little grass and no lame lambs.

 

Last week we sorted a few of the biggest single lambs out and sold them at Wigton – they weighed 40.5kg and made £106.50, the most we have had for lambs this time of year and the earliest we have had any away – long may it last.

Repairs

One of our tractors decided to pack up just before silage, so it went in to the workshop for repairs which we thought would be a new clutch, but the problem proved much more serious than that and much more expensive. I do not know how these tractor salesmen find out about your problems, but we have been inundated with them wanting to sell us a new tractor.

 

However, when they start talking about £30,000-40,000 it is just out of the question, so our 12-year-old tractor will have to be repaired, much to Andrew’s disappointment. The younger generation want big new machines but our type of farm cannot justify it.

 

It was our Young Farmers County Rally on the farm next door recently where there was a great turn out of competitors and spectators. Unfortunately the afternoon turned out to be very wet but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the competitors, and once again out local club at Caldbeck won the Rally Cup.

 

Andrew and Elizabeth are the proud parents of a baby girl – Hollie Jessica who arrived three weeks ago, and except for a few sleepless nights, all is going well.

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