Category Archives: Small Holder Tips

Paddocks Produce: Medlar fudge and jam

The food store has as pride of place jars of golden and ruby coloured medlar produce. We now enjoy our own roasted carrots in medlar juice and garlic generously covered with freshly picked rosemary. The medlar fudge is dark toffee … Continue reading

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Paddocks prep for winter

Getting ready for a predicted bad winter. The huge barn is being further divided into large internal animal enclosures so all the animals can experience great indoors whenever the weather is just too much for them. Brought all animals from … Continue reading

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Paddocks pantry – from plot to plate

Great year for apples. The pigs who are lucky enough to be in the orchard at this period have developed a regime of waking up having their pellets taking a drink then sitting under the trees waiting for apple drop. … Continue reading

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Small holders tips

To keep on top of things I 1) Keep an online diary of all events on the farm, however apparently small at point of recall. The number of times I have needed to reference this diary has made it an … Continue reading

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Reindeer calving – Born to die

Oh heck. The time and emotional investment in these little reindeer calves is huge. The two hand reared calves are now approaching 3 and 4 weeks of age and had death scares with both of them. This morning the little … Continue reading

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Reindeers At Paddocks Ross On Wye

Reindeer will not birth when it is raining – yikes the little ones are in for a long stay in the womb. So I am still waiting for reindeer calves to appear. Lambing has gone so smooth – however one … Continue reading

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Oh What A Day

There is an advert re family members sharing what their day has involved. Got me to wonder what my unfolding day would look like. Here is my yesterday. 5am up and cup of tea with milk and 2 sugars. Checked dogs, … Continue reading

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The winter regime

Three hours it took to feed the animals this morning – breaking icy troughs and carrying buckets around. Was desperate for a coffee, hands wet and cold in stiff mitts but thought if I go in and take all my layers off it … Continue reading

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Another birth

Yup another calf born, licked over and up and following mum 89. Fortunately the herd have a deep straw filled barn with hay on tap, as well as their field, so the mum and new born ventured in. As mum … Continue reading

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Competition over collaboration

Feed time is where you can see real focus and committment to the task. The objective is simple, “how can I  access as much feed as possible?” The resource is limited and thus the benefits of competition far outweighs the benefits of … Continue reading

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