Farm

Probably a world first

Cattle can get bored in a barn sometimes, obviously not when there’s food to be scoffed or some fresh bedding to charge about in, but nonetheless, we think it’s important for them to develop new skills in their spare time.  So this year my wife taught them how to take selfies, which is very tricky …

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Farm Cat’s new home

If you’ve stayed here before you’ve probably met Farm Cat.  I unfairly called her the beast of Exmoor in an earlier blog, but that’s before we got to know her.  She was feral when we arrived, the previous owners having failed after numerous attempts to get her in the car when they left.  They left …

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Shropshires at Stolford Farm

In late March we took delivery of a batch of 20 pedigree Shropshire shearling ewes, and they started life here in Middle Barn undergoing a number of veterinary procedures much to their general disapproval.  After a three hour ride in a trailer the last thing you want is a footbath, several vaccinations, and a worming …

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Cattle turned out a bit late

Especially after living in Fortress Lockdown for a year all of us, urban and rural communities alike, have all been cursing this cold, wet, and windy spring.  The grass was a long time coming and still isn’t doing what we had hoped for, but there’s enough to be getting on with just about, and things …

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Our first batch of calves

Regular visitors to our holiday lets will know that we have been working towards establishing a beef herd at Stolford, and that I have changed my mind dozens of times regarding breed.  In the end we settled on British Friesian Hereford crosses, from an organic dairy farm in Leicestershire.  We wanted to kick off with …

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Tractor

The barley is in

Once again, we have been hampered by the wet August weather, but Steve Hutchings managed to combine the barley in Brown Lane last week just before the current stretch of wet weather that has been with us since about August 14th.  It’s our first organic cereal crop since the official commencement of our organic status …

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Organic Status Confirmed

Backdated to January 1st 2020, Stolford Farm has been granted organic status, and we have also had our Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) proposals accepted.  The main and most obvious impact of organic status means that no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides will be used at Stolford in the future, and all our seed, feed, and …

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Flowers

Springing into Life

At Stolford we always say we are 3 weeks behind in terms of the garden. Each year daffodils are starting to go over in the coastal towns and villages whilst we are still eagerly awaiting our first blooms.  However, from mid spring we start to catch up and it’s from this point on that some of our …

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