John Davies: Ewes and lambs are drenched and turned back out on the range

Sunshine and showers best describes the weather for the last month here in Breconshire, although worst luck, the showers seem to have lasted longer than the sunshine.

For most of June the stock has been keeping up well with the grass. We’ve even had to turn back into a couple of silage fields, but they’ve been doing well. We sold some lambs at £90 and some of their mothers to cull at £98. Trade was helped by the more realistic level in sterling. The auction system is great in that scenario.

We’ve gathered the ewes off the range for shearing. Lambs were treated and drenched then turned back up. We also turned the twin ewes and lambs up, having weaned the tup lambs.

We’ve been selling some cattle to Celtic Pride and Welsh Blacks to Waitrose/Dovecote. We have had a set of demonstrator triple mowers from Reco Fella to try, cutting about 30 feet at a time.

I hope we have a few dry days to enable people to attend this year’s Show

We’ve taken every opportunity on the silage contracting and we’ve also done another pit of silage at home just before the rain came and the muck has been spread on the aftermath.

We had a local sports day where the kids had a lot of fun, as did the adults and it finished with what was supposed to be a tag rugby match.

We’ve also had pony enthusiasts from Dyfed on a stud visit to look at our Epynt ponies. We gave them a cup of tea and sold a few raffle tickets for next year’s Royal Welsh Show. Anybody I see from now on, beware.

The holiday cottages have been a little quieter. I suppose it’s a sign of the general economic climate. I guess we need to do a little work on our website and improve our advertising. We’re not quite fully booked for August, and may have to accept some weekend bookings.

We travelled to the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society AGM on a farm near Llanbedrog, Pwllheli. We took the opportunity to look round the Lleyn Peninsula while we were in the area and stayed on the sea front at Aberdaron where the wind and rain lashed the windows like mid winter.

I hope we have a few dry days to enable people to attend this year’s Show and see the latest innovations and meet friends. Let us hope the sun shines.

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