J for Jigsaw

Sometimes, a missing piece of the puzzle arrives in the form of a little black and white calf…The start of calving is always full of an equal mix of nervousness and excitement, slightly weighted towards the nervous end of the spectrum. But as we get into the swing of it, the nerves fade a bit, but you’re always waiting […]

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I for Identification

Eartags are the bane of our life here; it seems our cows lose them for fun. We find them hung in hedges, leaving just a hole where they once sat in their teddy-bear ears. Which is a bit of a pain since, legally, all cattle in the UK have to have 2 tags, so we […]

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H is for Hefting

Have you ever wondered how the sheep and cows you see on the moors know to stay there without fences? It’s because those animals were hefted to that area. Hefting – A traditional way of managing animals on communal land where they learn to stay in a small local area (or heft) without the need […]

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G for Gestation Lengths

Brown newborn calf laid in straw with its mother's nose sniffing it. Red and gold bauble with gold 7 in bottom centre of image.

We’re 1 week into this Farm Dictionary Advent Calendar and today it’s G for Gestation Lengths. Gestation lengths differ both between species and within them. As I’m sure anyone who’s been pregnant will tell you, there’s no such thing as an exact due date when Mother Nature is involved! Gestation Length – Average length of time […]

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F for FEC

If you were to wander into our kitchen at some point, you may find me sat at the table, looking at cow poo or horse poo through a microscope. Something my dad wishes I’d do elsewhere but since it’s been banned from my bedroom, as that’s where I bake and cook, the only logical place […]

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D for… Dropped in the Slacks

So, it’s day 4 and next on the list is ‘Dropped in the Slacks’… If this just sounds like gibberish to you, you’re not alone! I remember wondering where on earth the ‘slacks’ were on a cow and how they can be dropped. So, let’s decode it a bit. Dropped in the Slacks – Relaxation […]

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C is for… Colostrum

Day 3 of the Farm Dictionary Advent Calendar- we’re on a roll! Today’s deep dive is on colostrum (something I find really fascinating, so I hope you do too!). Colostrum – The first milk produced by mammals, full of antibodies (immunoglobulins) to help build the immune system of the newborn and protect it from bacteria […]

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B is for Bolus

It’s day 2 of this Farm Dictionary themed Advent Calendar, and I thought since it’s coming up to the time where we need to mineral bolus the cattle here, that would be a good topic for the letter B. Bolus – Object deposited down the throat of a cow or sheep which remains in its stomach […]

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A is for A.I.

Happy December folks, and welcome to the first instalment of Blogmas 2021! Yes, it may not have been my best idea in the world to commit to this after being a pretty rubbish blogger this year, but hey, we’ll give it a go. I’ve set myself a bit of a challenge this year to try […]

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Cull Cows

A black cow standing with her mouth half open in a grass field that's a bit muddy

Culling breeding livestock seems like a bit of a taboo subject to talk about, so of course, I’m diving straight in…

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