Yes indeed. This is Jason bringing the girls in for milking, and hopefully within the next month we will finally be getting some cheese on the go! Milking is going quite well; sometimes when the cows are feeling especially co-operative they just calmly get up from their afternoon siesta and file down to the collecting yard in a very orderly fashion.
Suddenly it’s halfway through the year! We have been doing a load of fencing, making a new cow track in the process, milking, bucket feeding calves, finally turning the cows out (due to the aforementioned fencing) and not getting to spend too much time in the buildings. At the moment everything consists of varying degrees of frigging urgent - more important to get cows out than to weld our new floor. So, loads of milk and no cheese yet! Still, what about some pics?
Well the good news is that on the morning of the 9th April we introduced our cows to the milking parlour. Hallelujah. I would be a stone-cold liar if I didn’t admit that this has had its nerve-wracking moments but for the most part the cows have proved very amenable to their new jobs.
Introducing the newest member of the Noltland herd, our first calf born early in the morning on the 2nd of April. Born bright and up and sucking in a blink - great. Since her arrival there have been three more births - touch wood all have gone well and calves seem sound. Our Ayrshire heifers were in-calf to a Shorthorn when we bought them.
It is over a month since our last update. In that time my dad had a serious stroke and is still in hospital now. He is undergoing some pretty intensive therapy which will help him adjust to his altered abilities. He is receiving excellent care with the NHS and they have our thanks and respect for this. Naturally our attention has been drawn by this family crisis meaning that our building project has had to limp along as best it could. We are very behind schedule, there is still so much to do, and the cows are due to calve imminently. That’s life, get on with it!
One of the great things about our building works is that they take place indoors! So even when it is blowing a gale outdoors and snowing/hailing/sleeting, as long as you can get from the house to the barn, you’re winning.