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Barley, mulberry and shaking grass...

Emma Heseltine: I’ve come to the end of last year’s barley for the pigs. I’ve got a good few bags to crush that will keep them going for a while but I’m going to have to go back to some of my other sources. I can get biodynamic bran from the watermill in Little Salkeld, which is a by-product of the white flour making process. The last pigs really enjoyed this so I might add it to their ration and stretch the barley a bit further.

07 July 2013 | 5 Comments | Recommended by 0

Ianthe, freezing and pork...

Emma Heseltine: This weekend we are hosting the Northern Longhorn breeders herd competition lunch and AGM. The judge has a look at all the herds which have entered and gives prizes for different categories: best senior bull, best calf born this year, etc. We are not a herd that produces breeders, we produce beef, but it’s nice to enter anyway, and its certainly nice to have 30 Longhorn breeders over for lunch and a good old chin-wag.

02 December 2012 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

Goose grass, little trees and Helena & Hazel...

Emma Heseltine: The Goslings are crazy for goose grass. Not surprising given the name, it’s the weed with sticky buds on that caused so much hilarity when we were kids. If you go pick a bundle from the orchard (yes we have lots of weeds/random flowers/general undergrowth in our orchard, the chickens love it) and take it to them as a treat a feeding frenzy ensues. They love it, it’s like chocolate to them, and boy does it make them squeak in happiness.

27 May 2012 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 2

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