We have been sawing up wood and the vet came to test the cattle. It's always a worrying time hoping they haven't got TB or Brucellosis. I am happy to report that we can't see any lumps on their necks so it looks like we can sell a few of them. The vet returns tomorrow to 'read' them so fingers crossed. Then it's ringing the livestock transport man to take them to mart and decide whether to accept the bidders bid or to pay to take them back home again. I always hate when it comes to selling the cattle.
Any road. We are thinking of going on a few picnics this summer. Not today though because the heavens opened and it's very showery today. Being a farmer and veg plot grower. I realize that nothing grows without rain. The silage is in and we could do with some new grass for the cattle to chew.
Talking of cattle. Guess who paid a deposit for some new calves the other day? I ("WE") have decided to rear four or five dairy calves and sell them for milk replacements next year. The milk quotas (yawn..) end in 2015 and dairy farmers can keep lots more cattle than can now. Any road again. I will blog about the new cattle when we get them and I promise to show you some photographs of the new girls dancing round the field. I'll have to buy some hay for them. Think it's 4 Euros a small square bale at the moment.
So what what's would you put in a picnic basket? Food perhaps? 8 cans of Newcastle Brown Ale? What's your favourite sandwich? Do you hate white bread? I do? I like brown bread with cold roast beef and fresh salad from the poly-tunnel or veg plot. Not forgetting getting a good sauce like Branston. Anybody ever made their own?
Today I am getting the missus to go town and get us the ingredients for a strawberry cheesecake, my favourite! I will post a picture of it for you tomorrow or today if it's got that 'Jene sais quoi' feel about it.