Our family farm 1,000 acres of upland just outside Tebay village in Cumbria. The team including Bob Day, Farm Manager, have all been very busy in the sunshine. The summer is always an intense time of year as the team have to fit so many jobs into this period before the weather changes.
Shearing our flock of sheep is almost complete and Dave Morland, Head of Butchery, will also be busy overseeing the salting of some sheepskins this month which is the first stage in the process of the skins becoming the sheepskins sold in the Farmshops. We also have sheepskin slippers being planned for the colder winter months, watch this space!
The cattle are now all grazing outside and enjoying the sunshine and the farmland pastures. This summer we are building a new cattle shed which will enable us to house and manage our cattle system more efficiently and we’ll look forward to sharing our progress with you.
We’ve also been cutting the meadows to make silage to feed the cattle over the winter as well as weed management and re-seeding of our pastures to ensure they maintain optimum productivity. Summer is also a good opportunity to carry out our vital forestry work, clearing dead wood and enabling existing trees to thrive and grow. In addition now is the time we repair boundary fences and walls damaged by last winter’s bad weather as well as carrying out repairs to the farm buildings.
There’s always a lot to do before the season changes and the leaves begin to fall!