Book Update: All About The Book

Till the Cows Come Home - book design

I was chatting to a friend recently, I hadn’t seen her in months and she commented that I had kept my book quiet. Had I really? Surely I had told everyone. But then I realised that between finishing the boarding school book, writing the memoir, editing it and then into calving and the long winter, that I’ve been living the life of a hermit really. I’ve talked about it on social media but I haven’t been out much nor have [...]

The Highs and Lows of Farming

Calf in Red

I’m tired. It’s not often that I’m really tired. It has been a busy couple of months: new calf shed being built, 130 calves born, and lots of finishing touches to Till the Cows Come Home which is being published in May. But it’s the relentlessly bad weather and all the extra work that goes with it that has made me tired. We knew the weather wouldn’t be great over Easter but the fact that it is continuing on for [...]

Low Fertility, All Bull

Red, the second Hereford bull

About 14 years ago, I was teaching Communication Studies at a third level college. I brought a t-shirt into one seminar, asking students  to discuss how they would regard a person wearing it as it bore the slogan “High Fertility, No Bull”. I didn’t show them the front which showed the logo of the Artificial Insemination company but as it happened, I don’t think they would have recognised the name anyway as none came from farms. Their interpretations were varied [...]

Thirteen Farm Women go to Wales

SE Women in Farming in Wales

I went to the Royal Welsh Show for the first time on Monday. I’ve been to a couple of shows in the UK before: the Bath and West show many years ago when we lived over there, the Nantwich show about three years ago but this time I went with other women from the SE women in farming group and we went to see a few other things as well.

We travelled over by ferry which I was a bit apprehensive [...]

My Farming Week: Backwards Calf, Runaway Cow & A Calf Barrow

Feeding newborn calf

I once heard a farm wife say how getting away from the farm was never worth it. There was always some saga or something wrong when she returned, making her wonder why on earth she had bothered to try and have a nice day out.

Highlights and a Backwards Calf don’t mix well

That came to my mind on Friday. Apart from the fact that my hair was in dire need of a cut, I had planned a day out where I’d [...]