It’s been a busy time at the dairy, both inside and out!
Our maintenance team have been making all manner of improvements to our facility – concreting the drive, creating a washdown area around the back and generally keeping everything in order.
By the end of October we had dried off (i.e. no longer milked) 400 cows which left us milking 995 throughout November. Mosty of these girls will be milked through until we need to shut up the farm for winter.
Those cows that have been dried off already are now being transitioned on to fodder beet, which we also grow on the estate.
We’re delighted with the scores we got through from the condition checks. Moana is a consultant from New Zealand who’s over here and she’s perfect because her skill-set fits with the New Zealand system we operate. Any cows that were still under condition have been dried off ready to put weight on for calving.
We said goodbye to one of our members of staff, Tom Moore, who’s gone to manage a farm in Herefordshire. We wish him well and know that the skills he learned with us will stand him in good stead for the challenges he faces.
His departure signalled the arrival of Laura and Beth who are already bedding in nicely and learning the ropes – just in time for calving in the New Year! Lastly, as it’s that time of year, we just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Thanks for all your support and patience through a busy old 2017!