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Farming update – Calving is over and EU visitors

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Pride calfCalving has officially finished and all the mothers and calves are out in the fields. The mothers are supplemented with silage and the calves get extra feeding too as they need more than their mothers milk as they grow.

The Bulls will shortly be introduced to the cows and then the cycle will start again.

Fresh silage and hay has been made for the winter ahead and has all been wrapped and preserved and put in the shed so that we have plenty feeding should the winter be a harsh one

The Royal Highland Show at Ingliston Edinburgh on 22nd June hosted the World Aberdeen Angus Forum and we were delighted to host a visit from a coach of Europeans who had attended the Show and wanted to come to the farm to see our cattle. The weather was kind to us that day and they all enjoyed their visit and left with a souvenir “Borewell Angus” Cap.

Europeans visit

Getting ready for Harvest  –  Theres plenty to do in preparation for one of the busiest times of the year!   All the Harvest Machinery, combine Harvester, tractors, and trailers, loaders and grain driers all have to be thoroughly checked over and any maintenance carried out.  This is a vital job as the last thing we want is break downs in the middle of harvest when the weather is good.

Tractor and combine

Once the machinery is sorted the men have to go out to the fields and “rogue” them of wild oats. Roguing a field is when you walk up and down the tram lines and identify and remove wild oats from within the crop and put them, roots and all, in a plastic bag to dispose of. This is done to preserve the quality of the crop being grown, and is very important especially when growing seed crops.

Grand canyon view

Aswell as doing all this the men also have to help my team maintain my wigwam site and to carry out any jobs in preparation for the busy summer ahead. Cutting of grass, strimming and hedgecutting all has to be done in addition to their busy lives on the farm.

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‘Harvesting time’ at Pot-a-doodle do, Berwick

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We are now in harvesting mode on the farm with Dan and Ryan combining the wheat and John drying the grain with his new drier.  The wheat is  then shipped off the farm to the Millars to make bread!

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Harvesting

The straw will be baled and brought into the farm for bedding for the cattle in the winter.  Then Ryan will begin ploughing the land again in preparation for next years crops to go in.  It is all a bit of a race against time and the weather but they always get there in the end.  They will all need a well-earned break at the end of it all.

The new shed is going up and almost complete.  This is a necessity as we continue to expand the Aberdeen Angus herd at Borewell Angus.  Part of the shed will be used to store straw for the winter ahead and the other part will be a useful addition to the maternity unit when the cows come into the farm to calve in the spring.  We just seem to move from harvest mode into cattle mode.

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Dan with the Aberdeen Angus herd at Borewell Angus

The calves born in April now need to be weaned from their mothers.  The mothers are due to have another calf in April so she needs a period of time to build up her strength and give all her goodness to the unborn calf.

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Aberdeen angus cow and her calf

Dan is very busy working on a Nutrition Programme for the young cattle so that the young bulls all get the best rations they can in order that we produce top quality cattle for the reproduction of the Borewell Herd and, with a bit of luck, a champion bull for the future!

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