Haven't we had a lot of weather lately? It's been dry here this week in Southern Ireland, but bitterly cold and the cattle are still using their winter housing, head feeder and yard. Here's a photograph of the lads and lasses penned in the yard. I do this so I can muck them out, spread saw dust and not get kicked or my wheelbarrow deliberately knocked over. Cattle get great devilment out of kicking a wheelbarrow full of muck.
The cattle have been in for 7 months now. That's thirty three big round bales of silage and 14 round bales of straw, a ton bag of beef nuts, lots of bags of 25kg beef nuts, lots of tractor diesel, bags of sawdust, dosing chemicals and a new pair of wellingtons for me. I have never known such a long winter and late spring. Thankfully we have not had the snow like the poor farmers in northern Ireland and parts of the UK like Wales, Cumbria and Scotland. I still haven't planted my onions, but the potatoes are in.
Tomorrow is Good Friday and you can't a pint or drink of alcohol for love nor money in Ireland. So if you are on holiday in Ireland, make sure you stock up today. It's not even a statutary public holiday in Ireland and folk will work tomorrow and have bank holiday Monday off. Never understood why Good Friday is not treated like Christmas day. Obviously hospital workers and farmers have to work. But surely Good Friday should be a public holiday. Happy Easter folks.