It has been one of those weeks this week, just throw in a visit from a journalist, a wake and funeral (neighbour) and a visit to a hospital to visit a friend and it seems to turn the week into turmoil, well, not quite but certainly busy!
Yours truly will be on CountryWide on Radio One tomorrow morning at 8:10, I was interviewed by Suzanne Campbell for a programme about rural businesses so she chatted to me while I fed calves and kept an eye on a calving cow – we chatted about agriculture, 2015, the visit from the Chinese vice President, Garrendenny Lane, Write on Track, whether farmers should blog and more.
I’m hoping I’ll come across as reasonably competent and articulate! Our feeding of calves will probably be seen as somewhat archaic as most farmers will use the teat system (we use it in one shed with 12 calves) or even more modern systems. ?With us, it is a case of getting a daily workout carrying the milk across into individual buckets for the calves!
Our windmill was installed last week but hasn’t been fully connected yet. It is quite a small one at 15 metres high and will supply about 40% of our farm and home electricity (our electricity bills are about ?600 a month). We have been vaguely looking into wind energy for the last few years but had neither the finance or time to do anything about it. ?Larger windmills require planning permission but when the 2011 budget allowed for the reclaim of the VAT and free connection to the national grid if connected by 29th Feb 2012, we decided to go for it with one we could just about afford and perhaps upscale in a few years.
What else happened this week? Well, we’ve over 80 calves now so we’re two thirds of the way through the calving, 9 cows were sold in the mart, I collected our goat meat today (2 large roasts, loads of chops, some mince and diced goat meat) and swopped a goat carcase with some pork from the lovely Oldfarm. So, we’re having rashers and sausages tomorrow with some goat chops on Sunday. Lamb chops are one of my favourite meals so I’ll let you know how they compare 🙂
Update: If you would like to hear my Countrywide interview, you can listen to it here.