So, we don't really need unexpected bills at the moment such as having one of the telescopic loaders out of action due to a broken ring gear and starter motor. . There is satisfaction in now having a workshop which will fit a vehicle inside and Phil can help the mechanic on site which keeps repair cost down. I think they secretly enjoyed the challenge of having to take the engine out ( its the bit hanging around to the left of the picture ) but it does mean Phil had less time to spend on 'progress jobs'.
The ongoing project is still the conversion of a sheep shed to cattle accomodation with the time pressure of it being needed to house them when the weather turns.
The workshop was used to construct the metal feed barriers which were transported to the cattle shed using the remaining functioning teleporter.
Painting the barriers, red oxide of course, was a convenient wet day job with the smaller concrete mixer in action to make the bases.
The first piglets born since we changed the breeding company supplying the semen for AI are weaned today; 28 days later. The jury is still out as some of the smaller ones kept back on a foster sow as they haven't reached weaning weight are notched potential breeding replacements.
Hopefully these will grow fast and evenly from now on with a good feed conversion. We won't really know if there is an improvement till the abbatoir report tells us their fat depth and we know the number of days it takes them to reach finished weight.
The new flock of hens has arrived and these are the first out the hut to experience being free range. Some have yet to agree to being confined by an electric fence. They are 21 weeks old and are dropping eggs all over the place, only one used a nest box. I hope the others follow her example soon.
Our three Suffolk rams have been getting a ground barley supplement over the last month. This allows them to build up a healthy sperm reserve and be in good condition for tupping when they are put with the ewes shortly. The better working rams tend to lose body condition as they persue the ewes.
Having tamed the land we are renting round the reservoir which hadn't been actively farmed for10 years, we are at the stage where the grass seed has been drilled. It then needed rolling to inhibit the progress of the slug family. We borrowed this Cambridge roller but due to the narrowness of this part of the field Phil couldn't turn around with such a wide implement and so drove backwards - weirdly the rolled land is between the tractor and the roller.
Cambridge rolls usually consist of smooth v shaped rings but this has alternate crosskill rings which help break up clods. If it was being used on ploughed land, the tines at the front would be put down to help break the larger clods. The grass is now establishing well, along with a few broadleaved weeds. Hopefully when the fields flood in winter the grass will cope better than the weeds.