As humans there are some things that we all experience in our lives. However there are others that you can only understand if you have lived and/or worked on a farm. And then there are things that you can only understand if you have lived and/or worked on a dairy farm. If you are or know a Dairy farmer then you will be familiar with all of these signs. Continue reading “Signs Your a Dairy Farmer (Part 1)”
Lambing time is fast approaching on many mid-season lambing flocks and farmers are starting to prepare their sheds, fixing up their lambing pens and replenishing their stocks of lambing essentials. Lubricating gel, iodine, marker spray and tail rings are being ticked off the list of requirements. Stores of colostrum are being put on stand-by. We are totally focused on the future lambing down of ewes, on how to keep lamb losses to a minimum and making sure we cover all our bases. This leaves us susceptible to overlooking the jobs that need to be done in here and now.
Continue reading “Lambing Time; Have you Vaccinated Your Flock?”
Thank You and Merry Christmas from all at Agridirect
The Wind Down
Merry Christmas to you all. Here at Agridirect we are getting the last orders out before the couriers stop for the Holidays. (Though there may be a wandering eye or two focused on getting away for some last minute shopping ourselves). We are doing our very best to get all orders out before the couriers finish for Christmas. Continue reading “Thank You and Merry Christmas From All at Agridirect”
It’s that time of the year again when you start worrying about what to buy for your family and friends. It is always a difficult ask. Christmas Presents for the Farmers in our lives can be particularly difficult to buy. A new radio for the kitchen probably won’t get much use. My fiancé has given up guessing and just asks what I will use. There’s nothing worse than buying someone a present that they never use.
For that reason I’ve created this handy list to help you find a perfect last minute gift that you can be sure they will use. Continue reading “11 Christmas Presents for the Farmers in your life.”
10 signs your Significant other is a Subtle Scrooge
The Christmas season is upon us, with decorations sparkling in every window, “Silver Bells” and “Last Christmas” on the airwaves; Shoppers wrapped in scarves and hats humming “Merry Christmas” as they rush from shop to shop looking for the perfect gifts for all and sundry. Children are buzzing with excitement as they make their list and count down the days until Santa Claus arrives; an excitement that spreads to the older generations anticipating some time off work and a chance to relax with the family in front of the fire, watching classics that give them a warm fuzzy feeling.
But there are some that aren’t quite as receptive to this time of year. Continue reading “10 Signs your Significant Other is a Subtle Scrooge”
The “Black Friday” weekend is on its way and motley crews of shoppers are twisting their Dick Dastardly Movember moustaches with a cheeky smile, coming up with strategies to win this yearly wacky race to the shop sales. Continue reading “The Blackest of Fridays- Don’t be caught in the Madness”
I’m moving back to the country.
After leaving college I realised, like most from farming backgrounds, the farm isn’t going to make enough to support the parents and me, so I had to go get myself one of those pesky job things. Continue reading “10 Reasons Why Living in the country is the Best.”
In the last blog I spoke about the Celts running their animals between two bonfires during Samhain to cleanse them and bring them good luck for the start of the New Year. Cleansing the animals at this time of year is a farming practice that is still valid today, though we’d like to think our methods of cleansing these days is more effective against parasites than a stroll through the bonfire. (But who knows, maybe it does bring luck; if prices don’t improve next year I might try for a bit of bonfire good luck next year!) Continue reading “Parasite Control at Housing”
Halloween is fast approaching, bringing with it the menace of ghoulish children threatening your property with “tricks” unless you appease them with sugar; to hype them up with enough energy to hound the rest of the neighbours! The old offering of fruit and nuts we frequently got as youngsters is the quickest way of getting these monsters riled up for a bit of haunting, trickery and destruction. Continue reading “Samhain – The origin of Halloween”
In years gone by every farm kept chickens. They provided the household with valuable food in the form of Eggs and meat and an additional source of income or more often in this country a bargaining chip. I once spoke to an old man who used to have a mobile shop that travelled through the countryside selling tea, sugar and other groceries to farms around the country. Often he would accept eggs, milk and even the occasional knitwear as barter for these goods that he would then bring and sell in the towns. He told me with a wry smile that my great grandmother was the bane of his life as she would turn up with so many eggs that he would not only have to exchange the groceries but give her additional money or credit. This “egg money” was the farmer’s wife’s only income in a time when the man of the house often controlled the money. The American singer/songwriter Susan Werner even wrote a humorous song about this phenomenon simply titled “Egg Money” which gives a good insight into the importance of the hens to the farmer’s wife, though with a slightly sinister twist! Continue reading “The Lord of the Eggs: Return of the Chicken”