Posted on May 08 2019
SPRING HAS SPRUNG AND THE COWS ARE OUT!
Its official, spring has sprung, our ewes have been lambing and our cows are out to grass. This must be my favourite time of year on the farm, the weather is getting better, the days are getting longer, and the animals are out grazing where they belong. We’ve had a busy month here at Pemberton’s farm to say the least, it’s been none stop go, go, go but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Let me tell you about my favourite event of the year, LETTING THE COWS OUT! I have done this every year as most farmers do and love watching the cows jump for joy and skip with excitement, however I had never really shared it with the outside world until last year. Last year we invited people to watch for the first time, it was a great success and people said how amazing it was and that they didn’t know it was a thing until they came to Pemberton’s, so this year we decided to do it again. However, what a lot of people don’t know about me because I am so confident on camera, events like these make me rather nervous because like any event no one really knows what’s going to happen, especially when working with live stock they can be unpredictable. I always have this fear that when I let them go, they won’t jump around with joy but just casually walk out and start grazing ha-ha, of course this didn’t happen to my relief. When we let them out, they did as they always do run, jump and spring with excitement, they put on a really good show for everyone that came to watch, and it was such a priceless moment for a me. Knowing you have happy, healthy cattle and happy customers is the perfect match really! I was delighted that this year we had an even bigger crowd who enjoyed our bacon/sausage butties, saw the sheep, lambs, horses and bunnies in our showing area and just had an all-round good day! If you want to see a video of the cows going out, I have posted a video on my YouTube channel if you wish to see 😊. It is something I love and am passionate about and couldn’t have been happier the event went well.
As well as the cows going out this month we have had our first lambs of the year and as some of you may know me and sheep have a funny relationship, I like sheep, I do but they need a lot of looking after and watching constantly especially during lambing season, so it has been a lot of late nights and early starts to check everything’s going smoothly. So far, we have been very lucky, and all our lambing’s have been a success, don’t get me wrong we’ve had some ups and downs as many farmers do. We had an ewe who couldn’t feed one of her lambs, as she’d had triplets but just wasn’t producing the milk she needed to take care of all three, so we now have two boys that have joined the pet lamb crew and are both doing very well after a bit of TLC! Their favourite thing to do is escape and make me find them every morning which is not so fun at 5:00 am, but they seem to enjoy it ha-ha so I guess that’s the main thing.
Our pet lambs have been great this year and are looking healthy and growing every day which is so rewarding to see after investing so much time into them. As farmers will know you have to feed them 4-5 times a day and ensure they are warm and healthy at all times because they are at their most vulnerable during the first few months of their lives. This has meant me getting up earlier than usual, leaving work later and doing feeds in-between just to ensure they are doing well and growing as they should, don’t get me wrong some mornings have been harder than others, but definitely worth it.
That’s something else we have done this year at Pemberton’s and that is offering the public the chance to feed our pet lambs in our showing area at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, this has been great for me as it has meant I have more interaction with our customers and get to see them enjoying what us farmers get to enjoy every day. I love chatting to people and spreading awareness of what us farmers actually do, as I mentioned in my last blog it’s a lot more than shovelling poo and milking cows ha-ha.
For me this month has been insanely busy and I’m not going to lie I am exhausted but in a good way as it has been so rewarding, I do believe the time you put into your work and animals, you get back. We all have our moments for example I got called out one evening when 23 of our livestock decided to escape, that was entertaining to say the least. The whole family got on the case and for once in my life I was very grateful for the land rover, as the lights came in very handy ha-ha. The only saving grace Is when cattle escape they rarely go off on their own, they stay as a group. So, once you’ve found one you’ve normally found them all, it took about an hour and I wasn’t dressed in my normal farming attire because I was out for a meal with my girlfriend and her family when it happened but hey ho as a farmer you can never foresee these things and you just have to roll with it, otherwise you could never do the job, luckily it all worked out and the cattle returned to the right field safely.
I know I probably say this a lot, but it wouldn’t be without my followers on YouTube and Instagram that keep me going on the days when I am over tired and having a ‘can’t be bothered’ kind of day, cause let’s face it I am human and we all have those days. Thank you again to everyone for supporting me and keeping me going I am so appreciative. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed blog number two and I look forward to catching up next month with more exciting things.