Down on the Farm - September

Colin Williamson
Colin Williamson

September and all ready the nights are drawing in and winter is just around the corner.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come with a vengeance like last year or even a month earlier that would really naff things up.

The Suffolk tup has been off with the ewes nearly three weeks now, so as ewes have a 17-day cycle they should all have had a chance to conceive in lamb all being well.

Lambing should be towards the end of January a month earlier than last year, lets hope the weather is kind to us.

September brings along all the sheep sales when the upland and moor farmers and flock owners sell their lambs off to farmers lower down the hill where the grass continues to grow a bit further into the back end of the year, also the ewes get sorted out too.

The poor old moor ewe that’s lucky if she sees three seasons out on the moor now is in need of better pasture off the moor where she can rear her lambs away from the rugged and harsh environment of the moorland.

I have done a lot of fencing just lately so cows and heifers can have fresh new pastures on the silage fields that have got going again after second cut silage, we try to keep in front and fence before turning the cattle in but more often than not they find somewhere to break through and create havoc.

Just last week we turned 30 heifers on to 25 acres of silage aftermath and two days later they had broken down the fence and off they went to pastures new.

Whether it was because of all the pheasants paddling on the grass and dunking on it as well that they didn’t fancy eating it I don’t know. I suppose they have a point really, but they are back in now and have to get on with it, like it or not.

With the Suffolk tup off with the ewes I should really have rounded up a billy goat to turn off with the goats otherwise we will have the same result as this year – no goat kids at all.

The goats have been out in the field all summer on some really banky land that grows gorse and bramble bushes really well, that was their job to stop the brambles spreading and growing and they have done a great job at stopping them growing and also taking the growing tips off the gorse bushes.

We will now need to find some fresh bramble bushes for the bramble whisky this year.

Some would say what a waste of whisky – I would agree but it does make a poor whisky well drinkable.