It is nearly Twelfth Night and a new year is starting at Smith Hall Farm. This is the first blog post from Mary and Ashley, so we will be sharing all our exciting (and sometimes not so exciting) life at the farm!
There was a sharp frost last night, but not as bad as predicted. We had a delivery of straw yesterday, and so all the 90 pigs plus weaners all were snug in the shed overnight. Today they are running around with little bits of straw decorating their coat, as happy as pigs can be!
The cows are being fed silage and corn, to keep their weight up over winter. The herd stays out unless the weather is VERY cold, but are quite content ranging over several fields, finding shelter at night under hedges and in wooded areas.
The picture by the way is of Buttercup, our house cow, who we bucket fed after her mother died. She hung out with the pigs in the yard, and then refused to join the rest of the cows. We also had a pig that did just the opposite, but that`s another story!