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7 Aug 2020

July and early August have seen a flurry of activity here on the farm.  Lots of haymaking has ensued - round bales, small bales, big square bales - here, at North Meadow in Cricklade, and over at Elmlea Meadows at Cerney Wick.  Overall we have more than we expected, an...

7 Aug 2020

 A big thanks to all the customers that purchased beef in June and July.  We donated the beef from one animal to the school for its new learning hub project, and your purchases raised a total of £1600 for Ashton Keynes School Development Trust.

The build is ne...

8 Jun 2020

As you know the weather has been pretty glorious and the cows have definitely enjoyed it.  Our new Hereford bull Nigel has joined us and is settling in well.  He was born at Netherhall Farm, Kirby Londsdale on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, so had quite a trip down t...

30 May 2020

I went to school in Lydiard Millicent, and then Wootton Bassett in the 80s/90s.  Both schools had "mobile" classrooms also referred to as terrapins.  Particularly at Bassett in the winter it was a sea of mud around the 30 or so of these and despite the teachers valiant...

22 Apr 2020

Over the last 3 years we have had gradually rising numbers of snakeshead fritillaries flowering in our Long Field.  Last year the recent peak was over 500 in bloom all at once.  Lots of you have come over and enjoyed them with our annual walks being a firm fixture in o...

18 Mar 2020

Over the last 3 weeks spring has started showing itself and is now well and truly on the way.  We are nearly 3 weeks into calving and they have been arriving thick and fast.  We have 34 calves with 7 expectant mothers left to go.  No twins.  We are now just hoping for...

26 Jan 2020

On the 14th January I was the guest of Sue Kinnear on BBC Radio Wiltshire's Wild About Wiltshire programme.  It was great to follow in the steps of other local farmers like David Butler, John and Sarah Cook (Dora's Dairy) and my brother Chris.  Listen to it here;

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22 Jan 2020

Scrutiny of the worlds meat production, and particularly its effect on the environment and carbon are all over the TV at the moment.  This is probably a good thing, BUT the quality of some of these programmes is highly variable, and the conclusions some of them draw le...

14 Jan 2020

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is picking 100 objects which can tell the story of the department, its people and what it does.  I work part time for the Rural Payments Agency which is part of DEFRA so submitted a boundary stone from North Meadow...

24 Nov 2019

Over the last month we have had a really wide range of weather and autumn has definitely changed into winter.  The hedgerow trees (of which we have a lot) put on a great display, particularly the field maples, and the leaves seemed to hang around for quite some time....

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