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November 4, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley farming news

2014-11-06, Wheat field at Home Farm 2014-11-06, Hedge cutting 2014-11-06, Loader putting corn into creep feeders 2014-11-06, Loader putting straw for the cows and calves to eat 2014-11-06, Oil seed rape field at Home Farm 2014-11-06, Ploughing to prepare the seed beds before drilling oatsWe’re trying to tell the farming story in pictures throughout the year, which is quite hard as there is so much going on & everything is constantly changing of course. Here are the latest from 1 of our farm workers, Ian Edwards (the one who takes the fab photos !) with explanations , which explain Apley’s farming news:

  • The green loader is putting corn into ‘creep feeders’ to allow the calves to eat the corn so that they can get used to it before weaning and also because we need them to ‘grow on’ now.
  • The green loader is putting straw for the cows and calves to eat because the grass is not growing or such good quality this time of year.
  • Hedge cutting can only be done when birds are not nesting. It is always done at this time of year, after harvest, along with fencing & other maintenance jobs.
  • Ploughing to bury unwanted roots, stems & weeds and to prepare seed bed before drilling oats.
  • The wheat field at Home Farm ‘greened up’ with the recent warm weather.
  • Oil seed rape field at Home Farm, with a bare patch in the foreground due to slug and pheasant damage.

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