Monday, 24 October 2016

Four months on . . . .

Just a reminder that for all Strickley news - and spectacular photos - you should be following James on Twitter.

Click on this link (you won't need to subscribe or sign your life away).

And to whet your appetite, here's a few recent samples. You will have to follow the link to read the words to go with the pictures!

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Congratulations to James
President of The Dairy Shorthorn Society

An honour not just for James, but for The Strickley Herd

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Silage 2016

Well, this is the first year we will be "going it alone" all season. Last year we took the brave/foolhardy/wise decision to invest in a Forage Wagon, and not rely on a contractor. We didn't have it for first cut (and the scheduling difficulties then partly made our minds up). You can read all about it here .

But this year not only do have the mighty machine (and a shiny new tractor), but a big new silage pit!
On Sunday evening James headed out with the (same old) mower and Henry gave the pit a final sweep. It looked very empty.

As ever we started cutting in the Teapot Field, so it was handy for the photographer.

I don't venture far into the field, so you can't really see how much grass there is. A lot apparently. But our Man in the Field took this.

James finished mowing about 10.30 pm, and next morning Henry started scaling.

Late afternoon there was a loud beep from a tractor horn - a signal that I was to rush to the usual spot and take a photo of "rowing up".

And this year there is no waiting for the contractor, so James wasn't far behind  . . .

. . . .putting the first grass in the new pit.

But it didn't all go according to plan; despite the BBC Weather Forecast and our seaweed promising a fine evening, we were struck by a heavy localised shower, So it was a relatively early night.

Things are almost going to plan today (a slight two hour stoppage re a broken link), but grass continues to come in.

Then it's back for more . . .

Don't forget - you can watch an action packed video from last year

Friday, 20 May 2016


When we were working on the bridge repairs we put in an otter holt. And we have footprints!

And they are leaving us messages (spraint)

We've got the wildlife camera setup, but so far have not captured anything as good as this (from a couple of years ago).



Sunday, 8 May 2016

Summer is edging nearer

On Friday night (6th) the cows went back outside after milking, and looking at the forecast (and the grass) a lot of young stock will be going out this week.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Summer is edging nearer

This morning all the cows went out - lows just across the yard and into Wellbank, but the highs hopped, skipped and jumped down the track to Plucker (and over the fence of course).