Saturday, 27 June 2015

at last a day in the veg plot

Finally got a day in the veg patch. We got the muck heap moved, made some raised beds and cultivated the plot ready for the cabbage plants etc. Looks like we finally have some growth in the tunnel, its amazing what a bit of sun can do. Better late than never!!!!!

Mastitis in Ruby's udders

I go away on a trip and everything goes to pot. I left Ruby with her new born heifer calf running around all ok, I was only  two days into my trip and I get a phone call telling me that she is very ill and the vet says she has very bad mastitis and she may not get through the nite. She had a temp of 106.4, so after an injection of anti-inflammatory and antibiotics and with much help from Malcolm Mctaggerty, my dad managed to milked her out and after a visit the next day from the vet and another dose of injections her temp was back to normal. She is still with us, just being milked three times a day. She has lost a lot of weight, but has finally got her appetite back so fingers crossed we may be over the worst. Looks to my that we have saved half her udder so she may still be able to rear her calf and future calves!!!

Ruby with new born calf

Rather large udders

My Dad milking a very sick Ruby with help from her calf

Dad topping up the calf as Ruby was unable/unwilling to stand!!!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

New terminal sire?

Bleu de Maine
Rouge de l'Ouest




Thinking of changing my terminal sire for the non ped. Hebridean ewes. I have a charollais ram at present and my Mum likes the Suffolk. Decisions Decisions!!! what do you think?

Friday, 12 June 2015

Poly tunnel at last recovered!!!!!!

Had a busy day today. Started digging the trenches at 8.30am and finally finished by covering the door at 6.30 this evening. We had a still weather day today at last so finally got the poly tunnel recovered.!!! We have plenty of veg plants to go in it so I have a very tired but happy father now he has a tunnel to grow in.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Hiefer Tolsta Poppy has her first calf



Tolsta Poppy with her first calf Tolsta Deagan.

Gaelic Meaning: The name Daegan is a Gaelic baby name. In Gaelic the meaning of the name Daegan is: Black-haired.

Pic one was taken yesterday evening an hour after his birth and pic two and three were today meeting the rest of the herd as I moved them on to grass (pic four) for the first time this year.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Tattie planting

Manure for the rows

Finished manuring

About 600 seed tatties in!!!!
Finally got the potatoes in. 600 seed potatoes planted 3 rows of earlies and the rest main crop. Plenty of chips later in year!!!!!

Pricking out!!!

My mum pricking out young cabbage plants
Think I need to get the veg patch dug and the poly tunnel cover on pronto!! My mum spent all afternoon pricking out dozens of cabbage, cauliflower and kale plants ready to plant out.

Their next move!!!

Where you taking us this time?

In we go

Don't like this much!!!!

Charge let us at that grass

Out we go on to clean pasture

Moved the ewes and lambs on to new pasture today. We finally have a field with a covering of grass growth. They didn't lift up their heads for hours!!!