A Farming Adventure Begins.
Life should be an adventure everyday or so people say. Well my life never seems very far from adventure at any time. For anyone who has been with us years you all know the back story of how we got to where we are now but for those who don't here is the quick catch up version. So back in October 2009 the process of signing the family farm over to me began. It was a working suckler farm up till maybe five years before that but when it was signed over there was nothing left. No stock, no machinery and the yard and most of the sheds were just about down or down. The grass was gone to weeds and the ditches had taken over the fields. We basically got a blank page and were mad enough to think we could farm it. Sid arrived in January 2010 and I had to go back to work soon after because our great farming plan wasn't making any money. We decided sheep and beef was the way we would go and since April 2011 which was our official start date with all paperwork done we started to farm our own 50 odd acres.
We worked our asses off and still do to get to where we are today. We built our sheep numbers and cattle numbers. We did without so the farm could move forward and grow. The cattle and sheep were very good to use over the years. They didn't give us much heartache and the ewes were always good to us at lambing time. Then over the years as the two eldest farmers grew an interest in Dairy started to sneak into our house. They both got jobs on the same local dairy farm to pay for their college and they both were bitten by the bug. Now move on a little from then and its time for a new adventure on our farm, dairy.
By the end of this year, 2018, it will be goodbye to all our cattle and goodbye to all our sheep. There will be none left and we will have in calf heifers and 15 nearly year old calves. Over the years when myself and the farmer were wearing ourselves out we did often talk about dairy and changing but we totally put it out of our minds. Now with the two eldest interested as well we decided to look at it as an option for the farm. When I was a child it was a dairy farm and I still remember cows being milked and the work that went with it. They were all sold and the options for the farm changed. Now it has come full circle and all going to plan the first heifers will be milked next spring 2019. This time it will be a three way equal partnership, myself, the farmer and the eldest farmer. We are all working together for the last year nearly now with the same end goal to milk spring 2019. There has been so much going on, so much I have been dying to share and show you all but couldn't. Everything need to be in place, we needed to be sure this was going to happen and now we are doing this. We are going on a dairy adventure and I am excited and nervous in equal measure.
I will miss the sheep the most, they are all such characters but I won't miss the cattle. I am looking forward to getting to know all the new girls as they arrive, as they calve and when they start to milk. Although I have been told by the eldest farmer that milking a full herd of heifers to start won't be a fun experience. Myself and the farmer you could say have no milking experience, except as a kid but to be honest I remember very little. So I am planning on spending this summer milking as much as I can with whoever will take me so I can get some experience. The one thing I do know is that we are a determined bunch and not afraid of work any of us so I am sure it will all fall into place.
So the first official work on the yard is due to start tomorrow, the farmers have been doing some already but it officially starts tomorrow. We are starting with a blank canvas and everything has to be put in there is nothing dairy related at all on the farm we don't even have farm roads. I am planning on sharing our adventures on my twitter and through my instagram stories and updates here as well.
Let the new farm adventure begin !.