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A moment from the week at La Singlarie


As quickly as the chickens are laying their eggs seem to disappear.

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A moment from the week at La Singlarie


After a while of beef and pork chicken is back on the menu. (Not all for us)

The clean up with cattle

Since the beginning of January it has been very wet, now along with the rain we have a fair bit of mud around the place. The cattle have had to stay in the hanger as they would only wreck the track down to the woods where they can hang out during the winter weeks.

Last week the hanger flooded due to mud at the entrance rising higher than the inside. The cause was the digger work a few months ago, the levelling of the earth needed to be a bit lower. This meant a lot of digging out of mud for farmer J and making channels in the hope water would drain away. We then had to get rid of the water inside the hanger which meant shovelling very watery cow poo. This week another challenge as the hanger needed cleaning out with the cattle inside.

The hard standing was cornered off with a line of bailing twine where the cattle stayed one side (apart from Emilie's calf who has no fear of us due to him being handled when he was ill) so the tractor could come in pick up most of the poo, we still…

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A moment from the week at La Singlarie


Worming Fizz -it took three of us and still not all the pill went down, vets make it look so easy.

Calves up date

The two last calves born on Boxing day and the 28th Dec have had to have vet and medical intervention in the form of high energy supplements, drips to get fluid in them and antibiotics but now there is a great improvement. Emilie's calf who couldn't stand or suckle is now making up for lost time being permanently attached to her udder. His filled out and feeding well and beginning to be part of the calf gang.

The other calf who needed help being delivered wasn't getting enough milk from his mum so is being topped up with milk as well as a high energy booster which he finishes tomorrow morning. His a thirsty boy, beginning to get the hang of human means milk, being trained to be fed through the barrier as mum is a little head shaky and not in the friendly way. This evening while she was locked down feeding another calf was suckling from her so this could be why she hasn't a huge supply of milk, or whether its because she is a first time mum or genetics its something we…

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A moment from the week at La Singlarie



The keeper of the hay

New Years Day

The first day of January was another warm and sunny one here which called for a walk down along the river after animal feeding and before lunch.