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January

  • General farm maintenance.
  • Sheep fed sugar beet daily including sheep nuts and hay fed if frosty or snow cover.
  • Sheep brought in for pregnancy scanning and housing
  • Calves weaned at end of month and fed on concentrates and sugar beet ration.
  • Spread fertiliser if the fields are dry and firm, a good frost is very useful at this time. These are the fields from which hay or silage will be taken later in the year.

February

  • General farm maintenance.
  • Sheep sorted into lambing groups (according to number of lambs expected) and the feeding of concentrates begins.
  • Feed livestock.
  • Calving.

March

  • Calving.
  • Breeding ewes vaccinated
  • Ewes feet trimmed against footrot.
  • Lambing continues - they receive 24 hour a day attention and give the farmer many sleepless nights.

April

  • Calving.
  • Lambing mostly completed, but young lambs just turned out are very vulnerable so a close eye is kept on their welfare.
  • Fertiliser spread on grazing fields to aid spring growth - the grass will be cut for hay or silage later in the year

May

  • Clean out all livestock buildings.
  • Fencing and walling repairs.
  • All lambs tailed, ear-notched and ear-tagged.
  • Fertiliser and muck spreading.
  • Stock removed from silage fields and fertiliser is spread to allow six weeks growth before cutting.
  • Shear the long tails of the sheep to prevent fly strike.

June

  • Hay making.
  • Routine sheep work (drenching for worms, footbathing, etc).
  • Silaging.
  • Spring-born calves de-horned

July

  • Lambs given worm dose vaccinations and footbaths.
  • Shearing.
  • Hay making.
  • Silaging.

August

  • Silage making.
  • Lambs weaned and turned onto the grass left after the hay and silage crops have been taken.
  • Begin ploughing and cultivations for next years cereals.

September 

  • Lambs sold as they finish or as store lambs for further fattening
  • Wean lambs
  • Ploughing and general cultivations

October

  • Ewes dipped and wool clipped around tail, ready for tupping to begin (mating time).
  • Unfinished lambs sold as stores or brought inside for further fattening.
  • House feeding cattle.
  • Wean and house calves.
  • Cultivate arable fields.

November

  • Feed livestock
  • Male calves castrated before the onset of frost
  • Grass deteriorates in quality and will stop growing soon.
  • House cows
  • Ploughing

December

  • Feed livestock
  • General farm maintenance.
  • Get ready for Christmas.

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