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Farm shop opening times:
Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - 8am till 5:30pm
Thursday - 8am till 5:30pm
Friday - 8am till 5:30pm
Saturday - 9:30am till 3pm
Sunday - 10am till 11.30am
The breakfast room is open (booking essential)
8am to 10am Wednesday to Sunday,
Sausage making - 19 Oct - fully booked
Pie making - 9th November
Christmas Gammon - 23rd November
Three Bird Roast - 14th December
Sausage making - 25th January
Pie making - 8th February
We’ve gone from one extreme to the other, from our fabulous roaming homing cow that navigated her own way home to two cattle that flat refused to leave their field. These cows have been out since spring 2017 and we’ve tried all ways to bring them home: grazing quieter cows with them, coaxing them with their favourite corn, feeding them in a cattle trailer – all to no avail. Crunch time came in July as our herd had to be TB tested.
Bovine Tuberculosis is a notifiable disease caused by bacterial infection. Affected animals have a reduced appetite, are weak and have a fever. Bovine TB can infect other mammals including humans, badgers, cats and dogs. Although Bovine TB is prevalent in some parts of the UK, the Holme Valley is TB free and we are only required to have a routine herd test every 48 months. The vet was booked for July and we had to bring our two stubborn cows home for their test. There was nothing more we could do but call a marksman. The cattle were darted with just enough tranquilliser to calm them down, we were then able to fit a halter to the cows and walk them into the trailer. This is the first time we have had to resort to such measures and both cows were fine, if a little wobbly, after their ordeal.
The vet TB tested our herd and we all breathed a sigh of relief a few days later when the results were clear and we maintained our TB free status.
The hot dry summer has started to impact our farm. Grass growth has slowed and the turnip seed has nothing more than sprouted. We have a good first cut of silage earlier in the year and went for a second cut in July. The yield was so low that we gave up mowing and just let the livestock graze the silage fields. We are about 40% down on last year’s silage yield and have started feeding silage to our cattle, something which doesn’t usually happen until later in the Autumn. We are relying on rainfall to make the turnips grow which should feed our livestock into the winter. Some of our natural springs around the farm have also dried up and we are having to cart tanker loads of water to our livestock – testing times for farmers, lets hope we have a mild winter.