Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The next generation

What makes the job even more special is sharing it with our little ones, Lee and Kirsty have a little boy, George, who is a very similar age to our Jake. They are both two this month and just love farming, they will sit on a tractor for hours with their Daddy's just taking  it all in. They especially love it when they can get involved when they can get hands on...

 Here they are feeding the bulls, George is on the left and Jake is underneath. We have to now keep a close eye on Jake as one Sunday afternoon he took himself from the farmhouse to feed the bulls by himself, I believe his father (Norfolk Farmer) did a similar thing involving irrigators!!!!!!
They are very different little boys in lots of ways but both seem to share a love of the outdoors, tractors, animals and muddy puddles!! They are getting to be quite good friends, I often catch Jake talking on the phone (his baby monitor) to George , it must be private because he usually takes himself off to another room, its lovely to see them enjoying farm life and growing together.
It is not just the boys who love being in the tractor, so do the dogs, not least our new charge, Meg. Here she is farming with Lee, as long as she is with someone she is quite happy, she is as dopey as they come:

All in all farm life is really good at the moment and we are very much looking forward to the future!!!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Show update!

After a hectic couple of days the show is over and I am very pleased to say that the Bawsey St James heifers did very well. Orla, pictured with Norfolk Farmer on the right got 1st in her class and reserve show champion!!! Another heifer, Colleen,  got 2nd in her class, a brilliant result for our first show.
A valuable experience was had by all, not least by us, Lee and Will have discussed and decided what will be done differently in the future, their place at the Royal Norfolk Show was confirmed this week which is very, very exciting!!!!
The boys are very passionate about breeding their cows, both Red Poll and Short horns, its great to watch them working so hard and enjoying it all the way!
Watch this space...........................................................................................................................................

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Show time...

Tomorrow is a big day, four Bawsey St James heifers are making their debut in Norwich at the Red Poll show and sale and Norfolk Farmer aka Will is very excited!

This is Lee, Will's new business partner, sporting the sign used on Will's Land Rover Defender at the most recent show Church Farm Land Rovers have been to. Bwagon (the red Land Rover in the background of the cow picture), as Will calls it was used to demonstrate how hardy Land Rovers really are!
Back to showing, Lee has a lot of experience in showing cattle and so him and Will have been working very hard training up the chosen cows to get them halter ready for tomorrow. This is a picture of Orla, one of the chosen heifers, taking while in training.

So fingers crossed tomorrow goes well, I am going along to show support and take some pictures so I can update you next week.

Monday, 23 April 2012

We're back!!!

So ALOT has changed here at Church Farm since our last post in July, the biggest change is the new addition to our family. We had a beautiful baby girl in February, the pregnancy is mostly to blame for my absence, it was not a smooth ride but absolutely worth it, she is gorgeous!

Baby girl is not the only new addition to our family, we also added a somewhat mad Border Collie, 'Meg' to our pack. She is a 4yr old working sheep dog, she is fitting in very well and love, love, loves to work!

On the work side Norfolk Farmer has been extremely busy, finishing the hay making season, calving, lambing, taking on new grazing and most excitingly of all meeting a new friend and business partner. The two of them have big plans, which we will be blogging about as it all starts to come together.  Church Farm Agricultural and Livestock contracting is coming first! They offer hay silage, straw baling, livestock livery, foot trimming, A.I, crush hire and livestock fencing.