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Farm Newletter

Wheatacre Hall Barns

E S BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN DECEMBER 2014

ARABLE

It has been a quiet month on the arable side as the weather has put hold to any more land work.  However, due to the high rainfall we have had over the past few weeks we have had to get a digger in to make some water channels across the fields to try and drain water away! Not ideal

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

The chickens do love paddling around in mud!! Egg production is practically at its peak now with daily production sitting at around 93%.....that is nearly an egg a day from every chicken.

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

We are still busy calving and Christmas Day looks like it is going to be a busy one!! The youngstock are now all housed and split into their group.  We have introduced our four breeding bulls into some groups in the hope that they will be incalf by February.  We have also started to A.I the cows in order for them to calf down next Autumn. We are very excited about the daily developments of our new cubicle shed that is being built at the moment.  As you can see from the picture the site is very wet but the building can still continue!!

HOLIDAY BARNS

Christmas is getting closer and closer and the decorations have been put up!! We have a busy December with lots of guests coming to stay with us.  We have introduced some new products for sale in the little shop we have in the office; local Norfolk apple juice and local Norfolk fudge. Along with ice-cream, jam, milk, yogurts and eggs we hope our guests can enjoy some of the great local produce we can source from around us. On these cold, wet wintery nights we hope our guests enjoy the cosy environment our barns offer

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN NOVEMBER 2014

ARABLE

Drilling is nearly complete, although the weather has now changed and after a lot of rain the last two fields will have to be cropped later in the year.  The crops will now be looked after over the winter months, with help from our agronomist to protect them against bug and weed damage

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

Egg production is in full flow with the birds producing eggs at a daily rate of 93% - this is nearly an egg a day from the chickens.  We have welcomed some new customers to our retail sales and hope everyone is enjoying the free range “Happy Hen” eggs – the rich colour of the yolk makes the most wonderful cakes!!

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

We are still very busy with calving this month with new calves arriving all hours through the day and night! We recently went to the All Britain All Breeds calf show in Malvern where we had great success.  We won champion calf (pictured) and also Andrea won champion handler, Liam reserve and Robbie honourable mention! A great weekend in the Oakalby British Freisian camp!!

HOLIDAY BARNS

 

Jo had her annual rating inspections on the barns a few weeks ago and we are delighted to announce we have retained our Gold Award – well done Jo!! We had a full house over half term with lots of families from far and wide coming to explore our beautiful area around us.  We are now starting to prepare ourselves for the next holidays.......Christmas!!!

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN OCTOBER 2014

ARABLE

Autumn cultivations are in full flow; Jamie and David are busy preparing the land for drilling the new crops.  The oil seed rape has been planted for a few weeks now and is growing nicely thanks to the perfect weather conditions we have had.  They are now planting winter barley and winter wheat

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

The chickens have been enjoying the nice weather also and continue to produce top class eggs whilst wandering around the lush grass paddocks (along with their friends....some lambs!).  However, now the nights are drawing in they are going to perk a little sooner so the shed can be shut up in the evenings at a more sociable hour!

DAIRY COWS                                                                           

As reported last month, the calving madness had started.  Well that is all going very well but we have even more madness on site....the builders have arrived!!

We are building a new and additional cubicle shed for the cows which will house 200 cows.  This is part of an exciting development on the dairy enterprise so what this space as work continues.......                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

HOLIDAY BARNS

We are still welcoming lots of guests to our eight barn holiday complex and with the weather still on our side we are getting lots of last minute bookings.  Guests can enjoy walks around the farm, local attractions and of course they might be lucky to catch a calf being born!!

 E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN SEPTEMBER 2014

 

ARABLE

Harvest has finally been completed on the farm with yields looking good.  The barley crop has all been sold and moved off farm so just the wheat left. 

 

There is still plenty of straw to cart though which will be used for winter bedding for the cows


The land is currently being prepared for next year’s crops with the oil seed rape already drilled and the wheat soon to be planted.  Cow manure from the dairy enterprise is spread on the land to increase the nutrient level ready for the new crops.

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

The chickens are now in full production, producing near to 12,000 eggs a day.  We have a team of ladies who take care of packing the eggs which are collected by Noble Foods every other day.  The eggs then travel to a packing plant where they are graded and then packed for super market distribution

DAIRY COWS

Calving has started!! All is going well so far and some days we have been getting up to 4 calves a day.  We are soon to start of next development on the dairy enterprise with a new shed going up for the cows and next year a new parlour.  You may have heard milk price has taken a bit of a tumble in the past few months which is a worrying time for dairy farmers

HOLIDAY BARNS

Although the summer holidays have finished we are still busy with lots of bookings.  Luckily the sun stills seems to be shining and generally holidays in the UK are booming. Jo and her team continue to do an excellent job at getting the barns prepared for new guests on a Monday and Friday.

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN AUGUST 2014

ARABLE

Harvest is under way with the Oil Seed Rape and Winter Barley already cut.  The Spring Barley and Wheat is not quite fit yet but hopefully in the next few days the combine will start again.  The team (David, Jamie, Graham and Richard) at Oaklands Farm are currently busy carting straw in from the fields ready for when the cattle come in over the winter months

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

Our new flock of 12,000 free range chickens arrived at Oaklands Farm in July.  The chickens arrive on farm at 16 weeks old; they are now 19 weeks and just at point of lay.  The eggs are small at the moment but still very delicious, but over the next few weeks the egg weight will increase.  This is a very important time for the flock especially during the hot sunny days so Margaret it busy keeping an eye on them!

DAIRY COWS

It is the calm before the storm!! Most of the cows are dry at the moment which is their rest periodDairy cows before they calf.  We are 3 weeks away before we start calving which is always an exciting time.  The cows are currently out grazing grass and return to the parlour to be milked twice a day.  Robert and Liam are getting some holiday time in before the fun starts so Andrea is busy milking!

HOLIDAY BARNS

With summer holidays in full swing we are currently fully booked!! The 5* luxury barns provide great accommodation for all of the family and the children are especially enjoying the games room and soft play area! Jo is busy with bookings and running the office at Wheatacre Hall.

 

Raw milk and Free Range Eggs available at Oaklands Farm and

Wheatacre Hall Barns

 

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN AUGUST

ARABLE

cows.jpgIt’s been a funny harvest due to the odd isolated rain showers but when the combine is rolling harvest is going well. The wheat and barley is all sold to the feed market; so this will go mainly to animal feed mills in the UK and overseas.  The oil seed rape will be processed for oil extraction. The by-product of harvest; the straw is baled into Heston bales and used on our dairy enterprise for winter bedding and feed.  Our contractors are now busy getting the land ready for oil seed rape drilling for 2018 harvest….and the cereal year starts all over again!

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

The chickens are enjoying wandering around the grass fields and woodland on warm days…although they do like to find the puddles when the rain arrives!! Egg sales continue to grow and with all the press recently regarding eggs it’s nice to see more and more people are buying locally for their produce….remember buy local or look for the  logo on food to ensure its coming from UK produced source!!

DAIRY COWS

This month we are preparing for the start of calving.  Just before a cow has its baby they have a period of rest….the “dry” period where they are out to grass, not producing any milk and getting their body ready for calving.  During this time we do not want any stress put onto the animal therefore they are out grazing the marshes near the river in the peace and quiet…what a life!! Just before calving they will return to the dairy unit where they are fed a special ration in order to make sure they have all the vitamins and minerals they require.  We cannot wait to welcome all the babies into the nursery yards

HOLIDAY BARNS

Well what a busy summer it has been so far!! Every week we welcome new and returning guests to the barns where they can discover the amazing area we live.  Trips to the beach have been very popular this season….what more could you wish for than fish and chips by the sea (and maybe an ice-cream too!)

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

 

FARM BULLETIN MAY

ARABLE

The crops are growing well in the warming days – our farm contactors are busy looking after the crops now in the growing stages and we welcomed the recently rainfall after a very long dry spell.  The wheat and barley crops are now starting to show ear growth which is where the grain grows and the oil seed rapes are now showing their pods which is where the little black oil grains grow and where the oil is extracted from.  Sunshine and moisture are now vital for the final growing stages in order to get good yields.

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

At the end of last month we were finally allowed to let our chickens out of the shed after months of being under Government restrictions due to bird flu.  The chickens were a little hesitant about going outside but are now loving the warm weather and finding their way out into the grass paddocks and woodland. This month we will be attending Beccles Food Festival with our eggs and milk on the 27th May.

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

The milking herd are also relieved to see the rain fall as the grass on the marshes is looking lush and they are enjoying a nice bit to eat now after a very restricted grass growth just recently.  We have got a busy month ahead at the dairy as on the 6th June we are welcoming dairy farmers from across the country to see out new dairy unit and on the 11th June we are hosting Open Farm Sunday for the first time.  This see is opening up the farm to the public for the day so they can come and learning about farming.  We have lots of exciting things in store for the day!

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Holiday season is well and truly here! The barns are busy with new and repeat customers coming to stay on the farm.  There are lots of local events people can enjoy in the area and so many activities/places to visit in surround Norfolk and Suffolk.  Leaflets on all these places can be found in the barns or in the office with Jo.

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN APRIL

ARABLE

The crops are growing well in the warming days – our farm contractors are busy looking after the crops now in the growing stages by adding fertiliser to the fields.  Fertiliser is a vital part in growing crops as it helps boost the yields and aid with growth rates.  The oil seed rape is out in full flower giving the countryside a glowing look…..and also the wildlife love the yellow flower!

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

Another month goes by and we are still under Government restriction due to the bird flu outbreaks the country has seen.  The birds are still very happy in the shed and still laying the wonderful golden yoked eggs but it would be lovely to see them outside.  Eggs are such an important part of your diet… did you know they provide you with the highest quality protein?

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

A few weeks ago we turned the cows out to grass.  The main bulk of the milking herd are now out on the marshes day and night; and we have the first group of in calf heifers out also.  Within the next few weeks we hope to have some more yearlings turned out.  Show season will soon be here and in May we will be attending the Suffolk Show.

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The weather has warmed up and the BBQs were in full swing this week! This month we welcome guests over Easter holidays.  With the longer days with us guests have been able to explore what our county of Norfolk has to offer…and not forgetting our neighbouring county of Suffolk! With endless stretches of beaches to roam, miles of Broad water to explore there is something for everyone

 

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

 

FARM BULLETIN FEBRUARY

ARABLE

The crops we are growing this year include winter wheat, winter barley, oil seed rape and potatoes.  Crops during winter lay a bit dormant and it is not until Spring when we start seeing a change in the growth.  Growth is also aided by fertiliser being applied to the crop which is like a food for the plant.  

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

ditching.jpgAs you may have heard on the news, the country is currently suffering from some cases of bird flu which is a result of migratory birds coming over from Europe.  This has resulted in the Government imposing very strict regulations on keeping all free-range birds housed.  Therefore as a result of this our chickens are currently enjoying the warmth and comfort of the house.  Bird welfare is still very much high on the priority list and by keeping them inside this helps reduce the risk of a potential outbreak.

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

It has been a very busy winter at the dairy with many calves being born.  We are now milking 320 cows in our rotary parlour.  Recently an England rugby star highlighted the importance of milk in the recovery of an injury he had.  Mum and dad had the pleasure of meeting him last weekend and delivered him a lovely bottle of fresh raw milk from our cows to quench his thirst after the England vs France game!

HOLIDAY BARNS

Jo has been very busy with bookings recently which is fantastic. Even though the days are a bit cooler and darker there is still so much our surrounding area can offer for a day out; or if you just fancy a chill out day the barns are so cosy and warm you might just like to have a day on the sofa!

 

We are hosting Farm Open Sunday on the farm this year.  It is a national event for farmers to open up the farm for one day for the general public to visit.  This year it is on Sunday 11th June.  Entry is free but voluntary donations to the Big C Charity

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN AUTUMN 2016

ARABLE

This month has been busy getting the land prepared for the new crop to be sown.  The winter wheat, oil seed rape and barley has been drilled and will be looked after carefully over the winter months.  As I sit here writing I can see our potatoes being lifted out of the window.  These are sold as seed potatoes for farmers to plant next year.

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

This month we depopulated our chicken shed – this means the chickens have gone, the shed is mucked out (the muck goes back on our land), washed down and disinfected all ready for our new flock to arrive. This year they arrive in December aged 17 weeks old

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

 

After a mad rush of calves at the beginning of the month the maternity ward has slowed down…only for it all to begin again in November.  The young stock and cows that have been grazing the marshes all summer are now beginning to come back to their winter housing.  Last weekend we attended the last show of the season being the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show held at the Three Counties Showground at Malvern.

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN OCTOBER 2017

ARABLE