Wonderful summer

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Farm, Heckingham Manor | 0 comments

What a great summer we are having.   There have been such lovely families at the Manor this month.   The farm walk has been very popular and Nick enjoys  talking about the great wildlife around here and what we do on the farm to help feed the birds in the winter.

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July on the Farm

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Catering, Farm, Red Poll | 0 comments

July started with a farm walk for 22 people.    This was followed by a high tea  on the lawn  in front of the Hall.  Everyone enjoyed looking at the sheep and cattle.  A lovely sunny day and a good time was had by all.  More fat lambs were sold.   Barley is starting to turn and the sugar beet is starting to move forwards. The first of the Red Poll heifers went to the new farm at Hill House. Silage making took place a poorer yield than...

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BBQs and swimming pools

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Farm, Hellington Hall, Holiday cottages, Livestock | 0 comments

The weather is wonderful.   Let’s all enjoy it (although the farm desperately needs rain.)   We have had many holiday makers making the most of the barbeques and cooling down in the swimming pool or hot tub.   Last week a young boy aged 6 asked his mother if he could live at Hellington Hall Barn for ever and ever.  Unfortunately for him, she had to tell him no. We are taking bookings for 2014 and some key dates are filling up . Please do book to avoid any disappointment. Living with a farmer means always looking ahead by a season and I am getting used to it. The excitement of the month...

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June on the farm

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Farm, Red Poll, Sheep | 0 comments

  Cattle are settled at grass although grass growth still appears slow.   15 new Red Poll heifers arrived from Sally and Ed Turner’s, Seahawk herd.   These young heifers will be put to the Red Poll bull next month. Sheep shearing took place at the start of June with the contractors completing in one day.   First of the fat lambs were drawn and marketed to Blakes abbatoir.  Dead weight was 20kg: a very good...

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May on the farm

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Farm, Livestock | 0 comments

The farm is looking as well as could be expected.  Although amazingly it is in need of some rain!   All the cattle are out at grass which is a great relief for myself and them.   On the 23rd May, I headed to Malvern for the National Beef Association’s Beef Expo 2013.  This is an annual event targeted at beef farmers.  A very good day although a rather chilly day for me. Spring barley is looking good but the sugar beet is rather...

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April on the farm

Posted by on May 12, 2013 in Farm, Livestock, Sheep | 0 comments

Finally a dry spell! Sugar beet was drilled on the 26th of this month. All the young lambs are growing fast and are eating the spring grass as fast as it comes. Meg the sheep dog has had five puppies! Not all the cattle are out at grass yet so still lots of feeding to do as grass growth is...

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