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The ‘root’ to improving your health

Jo Scamell: Before my work involved human health, I was employed as a cattle nutritionist working alongside vets, trying to improve the quality of life of beef and dairy cattle. Historically this involved the laboratory analysis of the feeds they were eating - the grass, silage, hay and then the cereals and things like soya. We felt this gave us all the information we needed to ensure these animals had a balanced diet. 10 years into my career, whilst working on poor farming areas in Australia, I began to see the limitations of this approach. The penny dropped - it all starts under our feet - in the soil we so often just take for granted.

09 July 2015 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Jumping cattle, balsam and Skye...

Emma Heseltine: Today we are trying to get some of the cattle in because one is off to Lockerbie this week. Trouble is we have got some of Duncan at Sliver Lea’s little store cattle grazing one of our fields (we have a lot of grass). We have to get the black cattle in the small field so we can get the Longhorns past them without chaos. This proves somewhat difficult as the black cattle don’t know us, don’t know the field and are a tiny bit wild.

23 June 2013 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 0

Wasi, Lambs and a good market...

Emma Heseltine: Today is a sad day. We have an old cow, Wasi, who has come to the end of her breeding days and is hanging out with the store cattle having a bit of a retirement before it time to go down the road. Today we come to Wallacefield and she is down.

24 February 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Lockerbie, Drumburgh and Crows...

Emma Heseltine: We are having a grand tidy up at Wallacefield in the barn. I know its traditionally spring when you do a clean but it needs it now. There is a pile of old-ish hay by the entrance and the bags of grain need putting to the edge in an orderly fashion.

18 November 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

Shearling, new quad and Kipling...

Emma Heseltine: Some of our new shearlings have decided to escape and reclassify themselves. They have jumped out of the field with all the other ewes and the tups and have got into the field with the lambs and cull ewes.

04 November 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

Wierd goose, shocking meal time and river...

Emma Heseltine: We have a goose that’s being odd. It was hanging out on its own and generally lagging behind and looking sorry for itself. We put it in the little pen in the lambing shed to keep an eye on it. Sometimes a goose goes off on its own because it’s not well. After a few days it’s just the same, although it’s eating just fine and squawking if you go in the shed. We decide to turf it out again and see what it does; it potters off to look for its flock mates.

21 October 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Keys, a puncture and the new pup...

Emma Heseltine: We have got a new quad bike. Ours was stolen a couple of weeks ago and ended up upside-down in the river. Not a good place for a quad, it was a write off. So the temporary new one has arrived and is ready to go in the container we have had fitted especially for it.

14 October 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 0

The Flower show, stamping on grass and a trip over the border...

Emma Heseltine: It’s the Houghton Village flower show this weekend so we had better enter some things. I’m not much of a flower person but photography is certainly my thing so I enter some pictures. I also take a big risk and enter some of my amateur jam; plum, orange and cinnamon.

16 September 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 4

Great Yorkshire Show

Emma Heseltine: This week I’m getting a special treat, I’m heading to the Great Yorkshire Show with Nicky Luckett to give a hand with the cattle and learn a few things about showing.

15 July 2012 | 6 Comments | Recommended by 1

More thistles, shearing and calves...

Emma Heseltine: The thistle cutter is fixed so it’s down to Tarraby with me to get the thistles under control. The cattle are a little bemused at what I’m doing and follow me about a bit mooing and testing out the mown and non-mown sides. Hayley in particular is not impressed, she keeps yelling at me.

20 June 2012 | 4 Comments | Recommended by 6

Tupping time, 'L' plates and a sharp reminder

Emma Heseltine: We have sorted the sheep at Willowford. The ewes are going into three groups. Bob the Leicester has the wild Swaledales and Black welsh Mountains, Magnus the Gotland has the mules and three quarters with particularly nice wool and the Suffolk’s. Geoff the Suffolk has the Dorset’s and everyone else.

07 November 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

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