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Dairy farmers in East Sussex



March News

It really does feel as if Spring has sprung already! The cows are out, the sun is out, but the jury is still out on the future of dairy farming, with even a hold in price from Arla seeming like… Continue Reading →

February News

During the relative quiet of the early months of the year, we have a chance to recognise and consider the ebb and flow of farm life. The milk price has had more of the ebb than the flow about it… Continue Reading →

December News

It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter. As soon as the maize harvest was finished, and the tractor drivers were able to take on some morning scraping shifts, we housed the cows full time. The cows have happily settled… Continue Reading →

November News

This month we are thankful. We have just had our annual TB test. Mercifully everything went clear for us this time, but having had inconclusive reactors in July last year, we’ve known the difficulty of being under restriction while beef… Continue Reading →

October News

There has been a tangible change in the season over these last few weeks with, the temperature dropping noticeably, and routine on the farm is following suit. The cows are being housed again at night, as grazing wasn’t delivering on… Continue Reading →

September News

There are times when the positives of the farming life seem to far outweigh the negatives; the freedom of the open-air office, the satisfaction of well-earned sleep after a physically tiring day, the advantages of owning, and really understanding, your… Continue Reading →

October News

As we come to the end of the calving season, and face yet another TB test, involving all of our constantly growing herd, the pace of life at the farm seems pretty relentless at the moment. We are also enjoying… Continue Reading →

September News

Well, we always knew that this calving season was going to be a challenge, and it hasn’t disappointed. It’s enlightening to think back on other years, which were busy enough in themselves, that now appear to have been quite manageable,… Continue Reading →

August News

The results are in from our latest short interval TB test. We scored one inconclusive – from around 900 animals. This is hardly surprising, but nonetheless disheartening, confirmation that we will indeed be rearing over twice the usual amount of… Continue Reading →

July News

“The course of farm life never did run smooth”. This phrase (borrowed from Shakespeare and slightly adapted) sums up the season we currently find ourselves in. Across the board our plans are having to be constantly updated, adapted, put on… Continue Reading →

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