It’s all systems go as things are nearing completion on the main yard, with the final layer of concrete being put down and the finishing touches being added to the dairy sheds so the girls will have a lovely new home for the winter.
The vet came in to pregnancy scan the first batch of cows, which has found a 90% in calf rate in a batch of 600 which is great news. There are now three weeks left of AI (Artificial Insemination) so we are hoping for a similar result when the other girls are scanned later.
The first group of heifers were pregnancy scanned resulting in 135 calving in the first two days of the 2020 season to a synchronisation programme. Four Hereford bulls were put in with the heifers to sweep up any girls that didn’t hold to the AI service.
At the beginning of the month, the Open Farm Sunday went down really well with a turn out of 120 people coming along throughout the day to see how things run at Sheepcotes Dairy. We also held a smaller open day for the Shropshire breed society to see our sheep and have exciting news as Emily has entered two of her tups into the Shropshire County Show.
Our four Hereford bulls have joined the heifers and are settling in nicely; they are called Richie, Revolver, Ginton and Storm. We hope that they will give us lots of beef calves for our new beef unit next year!