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Trailer, lost calf and fallen willow...

Emma Heseltine: I’ve got a trailer to clean out. Funnily enough I really don’t mind this job despite the fact that I inevitably get some form of poo in my hair, all over my clothes and face. I get to use the pressure washer which is a little joy of mine. Muck be gone! You can not withstand the power of the pressure washer, nothing can. Its so much more satisfying than scrubbing the trailer with a brush. I know it wont be shiny for long, but boy is it shiny when I’m done.

02 June 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Packing geese and Merry Christmas...

Emma Heseltine: We are plucking and dressing the geese this week. It’s a several stage process and it starts with removing the tail and wing feathers. Geese are water birds so have several layers of feathers to remove, not as easy as chicken or even duck. We are collecting these big feathers as some beekeepers in the area have asked for them as they are very useful. I'll admit I didn’t find out what for, most likely some kind of brushing and not for bee tickling (which isn’t a thing).

23 December 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Haylage is greener, geese and organic pigs...

Emma Heseltine: The haylage is always greener in the other barrow. When feeding the cattle at Aglionby its best to keep your eyes peeled for Hayley, she is a bit over eager sometimes. We are feeding haylage at Aglionby and have to take it out into the field with a big wheelbarrow. There are two cows and calves, four in calf cows and a heifer and five store cattle and they need quite a bit of forage to munch. The trouble with Hayley’s keenness is that she sometimes nearly jabs you with her big horns when she is trying to steal food from the barrow. Also she has to come and try the contents of each barrow load to see which is best. She is highly food motivated our Hayley.

16 December 2012 | 148 Comments | Recommended by 22

Runaway sheep, flock and hiding cattle...

Emma Heseltine: We are bagging some barley in the shed when all the ewes go running past and head up the drive. It’s going to be one of those days. It seems the other half of our gang today were getting them in to change the colour of the paint on the boys. Some miss-hap has meant one of the gates got left open and so away they go! We leg it up the drive and manage to turn the vast majority of them at the corner but four make a break for it and head up the drive.

11 November 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Driving the Tractor, Goodbye Geese and a very Merry Christmas....

Emma Heseltine: Im feeding the creatures at Houghton. Six bales are in the trailer and two dogs are eager to assist. It’s a fairly simple process although with all the gates it does involve a lot if jumping on and off the quad.

26 December 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

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