Albans Barnyard is feeling happy.
2 days ago
This handsome ram lamb left us today to go to his new home where he has an appointment with some lovely ewes. It’s so nice when you can sell the boys on – hopefully we’ll see his babies at some of the agricultural shows next year!💕🐏🐏💕 … See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
We weaned the lambs this week – it was a bit noisy the first night but they, & their mums, have settled down very well now🙂 … See MoreSee Less
Oh dear, we really need some rain! There’s been no significant rain for over 2 weeks, that wasn’t very much and it doesn’t look as though there’s any coming our way anytime soon either! Our ponds must be at least 2ft down on their usual levels, the grass is brown and there’s not a lot out there for the animals to eat so we’ve had to start feeding hay!☀️☀️☀️ … See MoreSee Less
We’ve had nearly 2” of rain today on Skye and there’s way too much grass for the sheep…..can I send some (or a lot) of both down to you?!!!
We are now taking pre-orders for our wonderful home reared grass fed mutton!
It will be just £40 for a quarter box of approximately 7kg weight – each pack has a half leg joint (knuckle or fillet), half a shoulder joint (knuckle or blade), some loin chops and cutlets, and either boneless leg steaks or boned and roiled breast (alternatively this could be minced or cubed if required). Mutton is a superb meat which is gaining favour again at top restaurants. It is darker & fuller flavoured than lamb and perfect for slow cooking in stews, curries & tagines. … See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
We put our wildlife camera up in our patch of woodland & look what turned up – this lovely buck Roe deer. The Roe deer is one of the truly native British breeds. This one seems to have damaged one of his antlers as it seems to be growing backwards rather than up! … See MoreSee Less
Fabulous picture quality
What a lovely face
Albans Barnyard is feeling happy.
1 month ago
The calf has arrived at last! It was born at about 5am this morning and is up, feeding and looking well 🙂 … See MoreSee Less
They are beautiful, so soft.
Phew – we just had the second of our 6 monthly TB tests & all clear – Hooray!!!! We are in a very low risk TB area so normally only test every 4 years but last summer another local herd had a bought in cow test positive (despite being tested clear at purchase!) so we have had to have extra tests to check the infection hasn’t spread. As both our 6 monthly checks were clear we now have to have another test in a year. If that one is clear we can go back to 4 year testing.🤞 … See MoreSee Less
Hooray – thank goodness. Is there much round you ? Apart from the one you mention
Wonderful well done ✅
We have been playing a game of ‘is she, isn’t she’ with this cow for the last few weeks. The AI man visited her twice last year & when she was pregnancy checked by the vet we thought she was most likely pregnant from his first visit. That would have made her due date about 3 weeks ago! As nothing has happened we were getting a bit concerned. The vet came for a routine TB test today so we got him to check &, Hooray!!!, she does have a calf in there. Must of been the second visit after all so due any day. Fingers crossed! … See MoreSee Less
I love a bit of machinery
What does it cost you to wrap each bale? I’m thinking glad wrap is 5 quid for 60 metres …. 🙂
And we did it! The hay was safely cut & wrapped by 9pm yesterday which was wonderful as there was a massive thunderstorm at about 5am ⚡️⛈⚡️The crop was only about 1/2 last year’s as it has been so dry but as we have some left from last year’s bumper crop we should have enough to feed the animals through the winter🐂🐏 … See MoreSee Less
Perfect timing, well done!
Well done guys
Yay, well done!!🌾
The hay tedder came today – this turns & aerates the hay so it drys quicker – it’s so hot we should be able to bale tomorrow!!🌞🌞🙂 … See MoreSee Less
There weren’t just pigs in the pen this morning – this gorgeous Red Admiral butterfly was flitting through too! … See MoreSee Less
There’s a few days sunshine ahead so the hay was cut today. It won’t be our best crop as it’s been far too dry here but, as we had some left over from last year, we should have enough to see us through the winter 🌞🌾🐂🐏🌞 … See MoreSee Less