So this spring some of our yearling beltie gang are off to earn their keep as Conservation Grazers on the Suffolk Wildlife Trust sites at Oulton Marshes. Their task is to graze various wet nature reserve sites breaking up the sward to encourage diversity – unlike their commercial cousins belties do well on this kind of marginal wet grazing and as an added bonus their cowpats alone will support hundreds of different insects which in turn will provide food for birds and bats on the sites.
Part of their role will involve herding them along various trackways and byeways between sites and for this purpose we have sent halter trained bottle fed steer “Buster” to lead his little army from site to site. The first move was successfully completed last week. So if you live in Oulton look out for the “oreo cows” on the Camps Heath and Oulton Fen sites!
So this week we had a lovely (but blustery!) visit down at Carr Farm from fellow cattle farmer, designer and all round top lady Izzy Rainey – she wanted to feature the Belties in her “Over the Farm Gate” Blog….
It’s funny that whenever we get visitors wanting to photograph us with the belties that I always look such a mess …….luckily the belties make up for my shortcomings!😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣
Keep an eye on Izzi’s next blog when she will be drawing some of our belties who may feature in her 2019 designs….we will keep you posted!
Our geese usually start laying on or before Valentines Day but this year they are rather late, strange as the weather has been so mild – anyway the girls are now getting up to speed so eggs are currently available from the farm and at the markets that we attend – Snape & Laxfield (first Saturday of the month) and Hoxne (last Saturday of the month). Hopefully we shll be able to offer them online shortly.
Happy New Year to all our friends, family, customers and all the lovely people who we have met along the way on our farming journey. People who have supported our dream to make our small farm viable and particularly our passion for high welfare and environmental sustainability through our #pastureforlife certification – your support is so much appreciated and we are looking forward to 2019!