Welcome to our farming blog!
Members of our farming group and local farming community have been affected by the recent increase in rural crime. Quad bikes are the main target for thieves.
The isolation of lots of farms means that there is little police presence. Thieves are using drones to scope out farms to see what equipment there is and if anyone is about.
On Wednesday Mr Marriot’s friend Geoff Cox came in to school and we discussed the modern day young farmer and the issues that come with the job.
Firstly, the year 10 land managment group and the Drama group teamed up with farmers club. We worked in groups and widened our “word bank” so that our brains kicked into action before getting more creative with drama activities. Our drama activities were linked with the troubles facing farmers such as TB (tuberculosis), rural crime and veganism.
We loved our time with Geoff and Rachel – Thank you!
First lambs of the season (Dutch texel)
New garage door fitted and mucking buildings out lambing sheep prepping for lambing
Flat out chopping wood
Log splitting sand blasting
Slurry tanking(spreding cow muck across the land to help grass grow)
Crow shooting (to control them from eating all the provin and pecking eyes out
New Ktwo trailer for carting sawdust
Christmas is over but did it really begin for us farmers? Okay, we decorated our houses and gave presents to the sheepdogs (juicy bones and a sausage!) but otherwise in many ways Christmas is a normal day on the farm with lots of jobs to do. Some of us get our presents in the morning but some had to wait until the afternoon because first we had to feed our livestock and milk the cows. We had to bed our calves and sheep with fresh straw, clean water and cake to feed them (pellets). After all that we got a delicious Christmas dinner! A few of us had a nap with a copy of the Farmer’s Guardian on our laps. We opened more presents and then it was back to work!
Turkeys were that cheap that we were buying the plucked birds for £5 from auction. The farmers bought the chicks for £5 so they didn’t make a penny if anything they lost money after the cost of food and bedding. The same thing happened to us with our cows.
Some of us are scanning at the moment to see how many calves we might have. We make a lot of our money from this so hope we have a good number.
We have flooding on some of our land after all of this rain.
This is what we’ve been doing recently:
This week we have been doing all the summer jobs:
Rolling the meadows
Spread muck on the silo fields
Cutting the meadows
The Easter holiday brought great weather and progress to suit, with the sunshine making life easier both on and off the farm. The two weeks of relief from school gave chance for our members to knuckle down and get prepared for the summer. With the multitude of jobs being completed it became a satisfactory break from school. Here is some of the stuff we got up to:
Well spring is officially here ! After the cows being inside from the end of October to now end of March, it is a great time of the year, with the lambs skipping about and the cows eating the lovely green grass that has grown over the months!
We keep the cows inside during the winter months as the weather conditions are harsher and this could cause pneumonia and there wouldn’t be any grass left to turn the cows out !
Being around Kirkby Lonsdale there are many hills and mountains, which in turn means that the area is very cold and wet. One of our members has recently created a container to house pet lambs that have been abandoned. To keep the lambs warm he uses a set of heat lamps which run off electricity; he also used a recycled IBC container to make the main part of the contraption.
Over the half term the farming group has been busy, with many shows and competitions we are now worn out ready for school.
Firstly we had luck at young farmers stock judging, coming both first overall and second in heifers.
Another great win over the holiday includes fixing a muck-spreader which is quite clearly a dirty job.
Furthermore some of our members have started lambing and some report having a bad start to the task, including abortions and prolapses in the sheep.
Despite all of this excitement we still have to come to school……