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TOM PEMBERTON | Whirlwind Of A Month

Posted on August 16 2019

This month has been a real whirlwind of a month, not only has it gone extremely fast, but it has been a real 'pinch me' month. I hit another big benchmark on YouTube 80,000 subscribers, which is just amazing! I would have never thought someone like myself, a small dairy farmer in Lancashire would get this far. Every year I write down my goals for the year and I remember writing 80,000, thinking ‘I doubt this will ever happen’ but now WOW, I feel like I am speechless this month because I am just overwhelmed by the support I have received. This, of course, started the month off to a high but lots of other things have happened as well. 

 

Let's take you back to the farm and what's been happening with us at Pemberton's. At the beginning of this month, we had a poorly calf who had a swollen saliva gland on the left side of its face, it grew very quickly, so I made the call to get the vet in to look over it. When the Vet came, she said it needed draining and cleaning, she did it for me and then said it needed regularly cleaning by myself on a daily basis to ensure it didn’t get infected. I did this continuously for a week and the baby calf started to improve. I am happy to say she is now running around with the other calves, living her best life. Our amazing vets at Oak-hill were kind enough to let me film so I do have the full video on my YouTube channel should you wish to watch, although if you’re a bit squeamish maybe give it a miss. 

Farm Vet tending to calf

The second cut of silage got underway and I do love silaging. The contractors we have in to help us are just brilliant and we have so much this year because we have been lucky (ish) with the weather, which has meant grass growth has been at its best. Dad and I always have the same debate every time about when to start going. As many of you will know to go too early and the grass quality isn’t as good, and go to late, again the quality isn’t as good. Therefore, the timing for silaging is so important. Although on this occasion I was wrong, I am pleased to say we went with Dad on this one and went at exactly the right time. It takes a big man to admit when he was wrong Ha-Ha. The grass was sticky and solid which meant it was full of sugars and protein. That’s what we want from our cut and my Dad loved hearing he was right, plus the cows will be happy with the quality of feed they will have! 

Farm machinery cutting silage

Babies, babies and more babies this month.  A lot of our cows got in calf at the same time last year, so you’ll have noticed if you follow me on Instagram that I have been picking up a lot of little ones when doing my rounds for the morning milking. There’s something so beautiful about cows calving outside on their own and waking up to see new life. It kicks my morning off to a great start. A healthy happy cow with its new born by its side, who is also healthy and happy is a wonderful thing. This is why I do what I do! For these moments you can’t get them anywhere else and that’s why I always say yes, farming is hard work and a lifestyle choice but it’s worth it for moments like these.  

Pemberton farm calf

Then to finish off what was already an incredible 4 weeks, the biggest thing happened to me. I received an email from Mercedes Benz to go join them on a trip to Austria. To go drive Unimog’s, G wagons and other big trucks and It was incredible. Not going to lie, when my girlfriend and I saw the email, we were sceptical, was this real? Surely not… Well, I can tell you it was, and I’ve only just come back from the trip. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am still beaming with happiness after it! We did uphill, rocky, dust and water tracks, a boy's dream! BOYS AND THEIR TOYS to the max. I met some awesome people, from all different backgrounds and we’d all come together, for one thing, to drive amazing cars/trucks up a mountain in Austria. For someone who loves where he lives and doesn’t love to travel, it was so worth it and has taught me it is good to venture to other places now and again. However, the whole being scared of flying isn’t ideal, but I made it work and got there! The views and weather were beautiful during my visit, so couldn’t ask for a better trip. Huge thanks to the team who organised it because it was a flawless event. I could talk to you all day about the trucks we drove but you’re probably best heading down to my channel to see them in action. What a brilliant month!

Cow and calf on pemberton farm

Then to finish off what was already an incredible 4 weeks, the biggest thing happened to me. I received an email from Mercedes Benz to go join them on a trip to Austria. To go drive Unimog’s, G wagons and other big trucks and It was incredible. Not going to lie, when my girlfriend and I saw the email, we were sceptical, was this real? Surely not… Well, I can tell you it was, and I’ve only just come back from the trip. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am still beaming with happiness after it! We did uphill, rocky, dust and water tracks, a boy's dream! BOYS AND THEIR TOYS to the max. I met some awesome people, from all different backgrounds and we’d all come together, for one thing, to drive amazing cars/trucks up a mountain in Austria. For someone who loves where he lives and doesn’t love to travel, it was so worth it and has taught me it is good to venture to other places now and again. However, the whole being scared of flying isn’t ideal, but I made it work and got there! The views and weather were beautiful during my visit, so couldn’t ask for a better trip. Huge thanks to the team who organised it because it was a flawless event. I could talk to you all day about the trucks we drove but you’re probably best heading down to my channel to see them in action. What a brilliant month!

Mercedes G Wagon being driven in Austria

1 comment

  • Stephen Roberts: August 18, 2019

    Hi Tom
    I’m in farming myself but more your dads age !! and it’s great to watch the similarities in your videos
    Keep on entertaining us all and I look forward to your next challenges during the coming twelve months and I’m sure by then your viewers will have doubled to 120.000
    Regards

    Stephen (Chester)

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