Farm Newsletter

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON FARM BULLETIN DECEMBER 2019

Christmas-ribbonArable

It has been a quiet month on the arable side.  Over the winter the crops will be carefully monitored to make sure there is no disease or pest damage.  The farm grows wheat, barley and oil seed rape which will be harvested in the summer.  We have been so lucky to get all of our crops drilled this year with the awful weather we have been experiencing.  Some of the fields are now sitting water logged so careful management of those crops will be required in the hope that they survive the winter.

Free Range Chickens

Our lovely free range eggs are still flying out of the door, especially with everyone busy baking for the holiday season! We have some great new customers also….so the hens are busy busy laying.  Although their fields are sitting with water which is quite challenging at times but they love paddling around in the puddles!

Dairy Cows

We have very nearly finished calving….which after over 400 cows having lots of lovely babies I think it will be a welcome finish! The cows are producing lots of lovely wholesome milk which the main bulk goes to Arla Foods and supplying Morrisons stores but we also now process some milk on farm. Our milk can be found in some local stores and cafes……we even supply a local ice cream producer now!! This is a very exciting project we are working on so watch this space as to where you might find our milk next!!

Holiday Barns

Christmas is upon us! We have a busy December with lots of guests coming to stay with us.  We have lots of lovely local produce for sale in the little shop we have on site; local Norfolk apple juice, rape seed oil, bread, bacon, sausages, ice-cream, jam, milk, yogurts, cheese,eggs…plus some more yummy treats such as cookies and fudge! So 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 2019

Arable

It really has been a hit and miss drilling period. The weather has given some challenging days with the land now laying very wet but we have managed to get the cereal drilling completed! The oil seed rape continues to grow and looks great, the winter wheat has shown itself through the soil and the winter barley is in the ground. Now is the time to look after it over the winter months ready for spring growth.

Free Range Chickens

There is nothing more a chicken loves than paddling around in a wet field! We have quite a challenging flock in at the moment and have required some extra care and attention from Margaret. This includes adding a lot more straw to their scratching areas. The colour of the shell is very up and down at the moment with some days producing a whiter shell than we would have liked. However, what’s inside the shell is the important bit and we still have a lovely tasty golden yolk for your morning dippy eggs!!

Dairy Cows

Calving is very nearly drawing to an end with under 60 left to calf. By Christmas we will be milking around 400 cows who are milking very well at the moment. We are currently sending just over 20,000 litres of milk to Arla every other day…..that’s a lot of cuppas! We have also very recently started pasteurising our own milk and supply lots of lovely new customers in the surrounding area.

Holiday Barns

As I look out of the window I see dark clouds and rain!! To take that winter blues away why not come and enjoy a break away in one of our holiday barns.  Stay warm and cosy in the barn while having a relaxing break….or for the more adventurous take a drive up to Horsey Beach.  At the moment it is full of seals and pups.  A great day out finished off by a lovely cream tea at Poppylands Café by the beach.

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON FARM BULLETIN OCTOBER

Arable

This month has been busy getting the land prepared for the new crop to be sown. The winter wheat is currently being drilled and oil seed rape has been drilled; winter barley is not far off. These crops will be looked after carefully over the winter months. We also grow seed potatoes which will be lifted this month. Although we have had a little rain to soften the ground we are however still exceptionally dry for the time of year….not often a farmer says we need rain!

Free Range Chickens

The chickens are still producing lots of lovely eggs with all our eggs staying local within Norfolk and Suffolk.  Not only do we sell wholesale from the farm, the majority of eggs go to a local packer and are then sold into local supermarkets, shops, schools etc.  We also attend local farmers markets, food festivals and also sell at the farm gate.

Dairy Cows

We are in the midst of our calving season and with around 400 cows to calf there is never a dull moment!! In the lead up to a cow having its calf three weeks prior the cows come home from summer grazing to go onto a special diet.  This diet ensures the cows are getting all the vitamins and minerals they need to make sure the calf and cow is at its healthiest in the last stages of pregnancy.  All of the female calves are reared on the farm ready to return to the main herd when they are older and all of our bull calves are sold onto other farmers.

Holiday Barns

We have welcomed lots of guests this month catching a quick getaway and still enjoying the lovely sunny weather we are still experiencing.  There are so many great attractions locally for guests to enjoy whether the sun is shining or a bit dull and miserable. The warm cosy barns give a big welcome home at the end of the day!

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON FARM BULLETIN AUGUST

Arable

It’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 ‘Union Jack’ 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!

Holiday Barns

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.

Holiday Barns

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.