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Farm Newletter

 

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.  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!

 

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

 

FARM BULLETIN SEPTEMBER 2016

ARABLE

We have been extremely lucky with the weather over the summer months and harvest has completed in good time with some good yields, despite challenging Autumn conditions.  How we start the whole cycle again!! The oil seed rape has been drilled and the land for the wheat crop is now being prepared.  However, farmers are never happy with the weather and we are desperate for some rain!!!

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

The chickens are still laying fine quality golden yoked eggs.  The hots days can be quite challenging for the chickens as it can cause them to have heat stress; but our grass fields have tress planted all around them so there are plenty of shady areas for them to hide. 

DAIRY COWS                                                                            

We have now been in our new dairy unit for 2 months and it is fantastic!! The facilities we now have for the cows are first class.  Calving started just at the end of August and already into the middle of September we have had around 100 calves born.  The boys on the dairy unit are doing day and night shifts so we are always there to give the cows a helping hand with calving if needed.   

HOLIDAY BARNS

Well the summer months have passed us by with amazing weather and the guests have had some amazing days out in the area.  September is still busy but still there are so many places to explore around us.  As the nights draw in a little the barns offer a cosy night in – a home from home like experience!!

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

 

SUMMER FARM BULLETIN

ARABLE

After a very wet month the weather seems to have picked up a little! The crops are looking well but it looks like harvest is going to be late this year as everything is still looking very green.  The crops we are growing this year are oil seed rape, winter barley, winter wheat and seed potatoes.  Once the crops have been harvested the straw is then baled and carted back to the farm and used for bedding within our dairy unit.

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

Egg production has slowed a little now as our currently flock of hens have nearly finished their peak laying period.  Eggs sales are still going strong though with many more wholesale outlets being supplied by us, as well as the farmers markets and food festivals we attend. 

DAIRY COWS                                                                            

Rotary ParlourIt is an exciting time on the dairy enterprise as next week we start milking in our new milking parlour.  Over the past two years we have been developing the new unit so we can increase our cow numbers and install the lastest technology to provide the best facilities for our cows.  Also our show team has just returned from a number of shows; the Suffolk Show, Norfolk Show and Livestock Event.  The lastest achievement this week was winning Heifer champion in the British Friesian classed.

 

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 and the local attractions the county has to offer.  We hope all of our guests have a great summer with us 

E.S.BURROUGHS & SON

 

FARM BULLETIN MAY 2016

ARABLE

The crops are now growing well after a tough winter – however the market for grain is still very poor.  Potatoes are now being planted – these are used for seed which provides next year’s crop.  Also in the next week we hope to get the maize planted which provides feed for the cattle over the winter months.

FREE RANGE CHICKENS

Another tough market at the moment is the free range egg market – we have taken a very big price hit over the last few months.  The chickens are still producing the highest quality of eggs though and we are still increasing our retail outlets

DAIRY COWS                                                                           

 

The milking cows and youngstock are all now out grazing   our marshes in Aldeby and Wheatacre.  The milk market     is awful at the moment as it has been well published       with dairy farmers not being able to cover their costs due to such low price return on the milk.  On a more positive note we hope to be milking in our new parlour very soon. 

We have invested in a new dairy as we have increased our herd size and our facilities will not only provide the highest welfare for our cows but also technology to improve milk product.

 

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.

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 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.

 

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