We brought our cows in on Friday afternoon. The ground is very wet and it is getting a lot colder. We were also very keen to try out our new cubicles. The housing is a work in progress, and we haven’t quite worked out how all the feeding and mucking out will happen. But the important thing is that after a few misfires, our little cows seem to be lying the right way round in their cubicles, and are munching happily from the ring feeder we put in there every time we go and check on them. We have been working next to them for most of the day in the building that will be our milking parlour - nice to have company. Cows are always so curious - a bit like Wimbledon for them watching us go back and forth across the yard.
Good to be spending more time with them too - we have to introduce them to milking in a few months, so the sooner they understand our weird accents, the better.
This is where our milking parlour will be - long way to go! This building will house the milking parlour, a bulk tank room, the creamery and through the wall at the end, the cheese store.
This used to be a machinery shed, and before that a grain barn - a very useful building indeed. Looking up, the guts of the old grain machinery can still be seen in the rafters:-