The ground is saturated and my livestock are staying in today. We don't have one of those horrid 'slatted' houses that seem to have sprang up all over the countryside. Why can't they be built with a more aesthetic appearance? Can they not camouflage them with trees or face the concrete with stone?
On our farm, we have what is called 'loose housing'. This consists of block walls, a concrete floor, metal doors and a corrugated metal roof. The house (cowshed) is divided into two by a four foot wall This used to be the'horse's' house.
Today my sheep are residing in it and my calve's are in the large area of the cow shed. There are two hay-mangers (full of loose hay) hanging on the dividing wall and they both have tubs of clean water and troughs for the beef nut and sheep nuts. The floor is covered in wood shavings and some hay or straw to lie on. I clean them out regularly and make sure they are not lying in wet or cold and messy conditions.
We try to farm close to nature. Would love to be an 'Organic' farmer. There are no local organic butchers and most of the farm animals get sold to conventional farmers. I also think there is far too much red tape to entice and attract most smallholder farmers.
What do you think readers?
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