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Farm Newletter

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN APRIL

ARABLE

The crops on the farm are really starting to grow now and showing their characteristics; the oil seed rape is just breaking the golden yellow flower.  Fertiliser is being applied to all the crops which is a growth feed for them, together with the warm weather and the odd drop of rain it is perfect conditions at the moment.  Later this month the land will start being prepared for the potato planting.  On the farm we grow seed potatoes which will be used next year for a main crop of potatoes. 

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

At the end of last month we depopulated our chicken shed.  This means that we are soon to look forward to a fresh new flock of chickens.  Whilst the chickens are not with us the whole shed internally is taken apart, washed down, disinfected and then put back together again.  It is very important to make sure everything is spotlessly clean for disease pre-cautions.  We are also starting a new farmers market this month… we will now feature at Beccles Farmers Market on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

The cows couldn’t be happier being outside with the sun on their backs everyday!! During last month they were just out grazing during the day but this month they will be out day and night, just coming back up to the parlour twice a day to get milked.  We have also at the beginning of the month turned the young stock out.  These will now be out as long as the grass keeps growing and will then come back in to their winter housing later in the year.   

HOLIDAY BARNS

Easter holidays are here and we have lots of lovely guests to welcome to the barns, some returning to us and some new.  We also have a new little shop on site which our guests can enjoying supplier some lovely local produce from around the area.

www.wheatacrehallbarns.co.uk       

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN MARCH 2019

ARABLE

The crops we are growing this year include winter wheat, winter barley, oil seed rape and potatoes.  Since the first application of fertiliser was applied and with the spell of warm sunny weather we experienced a few weeks ago the crops have really grown.  Through this growth stage it is now important that we protect them from any insects that want to eat them and any weeds that may restrict the growth.  To help make sure nothing is missed we use an agronomist who walks the crops every week inspecting them.

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

This is the last month we have our current flock.  These chickens will now be sold and over the next 3 weeks the shed will be totally cleaned out, disinfected all ready for the new flock to arrive in early April.  The muck taken from the shed will be applied to our arable land.  However, egg sales will continue with fresh free range eggs being supplied to all of our lovely customers.  We are also starting a new farmers market in April! We have been asked to join the lovely stall holders at Beccles twice a month.   

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

Well I think we managed the earliest turn out of the milking cows in February which the amazing warm weather we had.  The cows loved being able to get out and stretch their legs for a few days onto some new pastures.  However, March has not been so kind and on windy rainy days we keep them in the sheds.  Mainly to keep the cows dry and happier but also to prevent the ground getting churned up and becoming a muddy mess! 

HOLIDAY BARNS

It has been a little quieter this month but this allows Jo and her team to catch up on a few maintenance items and preparing everything ready for the busy season.  We have also recently had a photographer out who has taken some wonderful new pictures of the barns…..look out for these on the website soon!!www.wheatacrehallbarns.co.uk

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

The cold weather certainly hasn’t affected the lay…the eggs are still beautifully brown and customers are loving the golden yolks.  The chickens haven’t been very keen to go outside in this weather but they are cosy in the shed taking shelter.  Farmers Markets will start again this month for us which include us going to Halesworth on the second Saturday of every month and Loddon on a Tuesday morning. Our eggs are also on sale at Loddon Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturday of the month   

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

January saw the end of our calving season with lots of babies born between September and January.  The cows are now in full flow providing us with lots of lovely fresh milk.  The majority of our milk is collected from the farm by Arla and taken to London for processing…..at the moment we are sending just over 24,000 litres every other day!! The cows are very grateful of their winter living quarters with all this cold weather but we hope to have a few cows out for a few hours a day grazing in the next few weeks

HOLIDAY BARNS

ditching.jpgIt has been a quieter month at the barns last month but we have had some beautiful mornings as this picture shows!! However, bookings are flying in for the summer and bank holiday breaks.  The barns offer a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life…..just sit back and relax or go and explore the wonderful surroundings our area has to offer

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN DECEMBER

ARABLE

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.  Although the crops for the 2019 harvest are in the ground we now start planning for the 2020 harvest.  Planning includes what crops are to be grown so we know how much seed, fertiliser and sprays need to be ordered and to also ensure we get a good rotation around the farm of crops

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

Eggs are flying out of the door with everyone starting their festive baking!! There is nothing better than a fresh free range egg to cook with.  We will be attending Loddon and Halesworth farmers markets during the month and also supplying all of our wholesale customers for their shops, cafes and restaurants. 

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

The main bulk of the herd has now calved with lots of little babies around the farm.  All of the females are kept to rear on and will eventually return back to the main herd, however, we do sometimes have other pedigree breeders who will buy some heifers to take back to their farm to introduce some new families into their herds.  All of our male calves are also kept on farm.  We have a selection of farmers who come to farm to buy these who then rear them on.   

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 in the office; local Norfolk apple juice, rape seed oil, bread, bacon, sausages, ice-cream, jam, milk, yogurts and eggs 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

ARABLE

The winter crops have all been drilled in good time this year and are looking very well. The weather is still providing us with everything…a little bit of rain and some sunny days – just perfect growing conditions.  Although it has now dropped in temperature which means in turn the soil temperatures will start to drop also so the crops will slow their growth rates down until the spring.  During the winter months it is very important to protect the crops from weed and insect damage.

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

Eggs are still in great production, however the chickens are a bit shy about coming out of their warm house on the blustery winter days and with the night’s drawing in quickly they like to get tucked up in bed early too!! It is a very difficult market place for eggs at the moment with wholesale prices having recently suffered a big drop in value.  We are still supplying a great direct market place straight from the farm though to local pubs, shops and markets

DAIRY COWS                                                                           

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HOLIDAY BARNS

After such a fantastic summer the cold dark nights have arrived but we are still continuing to welcome guests to the barns.  The barns offer such cosy accommodation…..why not sit back and relax with a DVD and a large glass of wine!!! We also have a fantastic village pub; Wheatacre White Lion which has recently won a local award…a great place to visit during your stay!!

 

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 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.  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

 

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 MARCH 2016

ARABLE

The crops we are growing this year include winter wheat, winter barley, oil seed rape and potatoes.  Over the winter months the crops continued to grow, however now we are edging closer to Spring it is time to start spreading fertiliser – this encourages the crops to grow. Hopefully the days will start warming up with a bit of sunshine but after a lot of rainfall recently land work has been delayed.  Over the next month the land will be prepared for planting of seed potatoes.  We have also been busy clearing ditches out which aids with land drainage

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

The chickens are in full production.  We have unfortunately seen a price drop for the eggs which is a result of pressure from the supermarkets.  However, we are trading eggs for retail direct from the farm and we attend three farmers markets; Loddon, Halesworth and Scratby.  We also sell eggs direct from the farm gate so be sure to collect your fresh eggs from us.

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

We are getting very excited as we hope to be milking in our new milking parlour in the next few months.  The cows are currently in their housing on sand beds.  This time last year we had turned the cows out on their pastures but unfortunately with all the recent rainfall and very little grass growth we will not be able to turn them out yet.  Yet another industry in which we are struggling with milk price – the price per litre we are being paid from the milk processor barely covers costs.  We have two cows attending the first show of the season this month – The Dairy Expo in Carlisle.  We wish team Oakalby the very best of luck on Saturday 12th March!!

HOLIDAY BARNS

Easter is just around the corner and we are busy with lots of lovely holiday makers coming to visit us! Last month Jo had her annual inspection on the barns ratings and we are happy to say we have retained our 5* Gold rating! With the weather warming up (hopefully) why not take advantage of our beautiful countryside and explore with the many walks we can offer.

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN OCTOBER 2015

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

Our new flock arrived at the beginning of the month and this week have started laying. The flock of 12,000 free range hens have 40 acres of grassland to wander over but they manage to find their way home at night into the warmth of the shed.

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.  We had great success winning champion British Friesian calf.                                                                                                                                                               

HOLIDAY BARNS

We have welcomed lots of guests this month catching a quick getaway now the weather has turned cooler.  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!

TRIPLETS BORN ON THE FARM SEPTEMBER 2015

 

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN SUMMER 2015

ARABLE

We waiting game is nearly over and harvest is only a matter of days away!! The winter barley and oil seed rape crops are nearly fit to harvest and the wheat will be ready a little later.  The grain will be collected and taken back to the grain stores where it will be stored until sold and the straw will all be baled ready for the winter bedding for the cows and calves.  David and Jamie will be able to see if all their hard work over the winter months at keeping the crops looking their best has paid off......fingers crossed the weather holds now!!

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

The chickens are in their final few weeks with us until we get a new flock in.  Each flock is with us for just over a year, then we have to clear the shed, fully dismantle it, do a thorough clean down before getting a new flock in.  The chickens do not like hot sunny weather and as a result it has a bit of a knock on effect with egg production; but they are still producing that golden yolk we all like to see on our breakfast table!!

DAIRY COWS                                                                           

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HOLIDAY BARNS

Holiday season is in full swing and many guests are joining us at Wheatacre to relax and explore the great countryside we are surrounded by.  Jo has added some new games in the games room for those who wish to stay on site; but there are also so many fantastic places to visit! We hope all of our guests have a great summer with us  

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

FARM BULLETIN MAY 2015

ARABLE

It has been a busy few months on the arable.  All the crops are growing well and we have welcomed some recent rain! David is busy spraying the crops to protect them from insects and weeds.  However, the grain market is not looking very good at the moment and we hope prices will increase by the time harvest arrives. 

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

The chickens are still producing great eggs with a fantastic golden yolk.  We have picked up a lot of new customers recently including coffee shops, pubs and farm shops who all welcome fresh local eggs.

DAIRY COWS                                                                          

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HOLIDAY BARNS

The holiday season is upon us and Jo is ready to welcome all the guests (we hope the weather stays fine!).  We are located in a fantastic area where guests can enjoy the Broads, coastline and many other attractions in and around Norfolk and Suffolk.  Alternatively guests can just stay on site and enjoy our local countryside, visiting the eggs production unit, see the cows being milked or hiring bikes to explore the farm.

 

Raw milk and Free Range Eggs available at Oaklands Farm and                                     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