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bodger

Jobs on the smallholding today?

Over and above my daily routine on the smallholding, today I've got a few extra jobs to do.
My mums been visiting us for the last week and yesterday we took her home to Stoke. On the way back we called in at the usual farm and picked up ten bags of wheat. That's are ten bags that need carting up the yard, into the barn and putting into feed bins.
I borrowed a neighbours trailer to take some pigs to the abattoir and that needs a good cleaning out before I take it back.
I also need to clean out the shed that those pigs came from before its next occupants move in.
My oldest son is coming up to see us today and he's going to help me to hang a new gate at the top of the farmyard. It will mean quite a bit of drilling into breeze block and possibly the use of a spirit level.
I'm looking forward to the day and hoping that I get everything done.
Rick & Carol

slice & dice a tree that came down a couple of weeks back & knock in some fence posts. I don't really think that all day will come Bodger.
olde9856

Forcast isn't bad! So prune the Autumn Rasps, Apples and Pears. Then see how the time is doing as that could easily be a day's work. If not a visit to the feed mill is about due.
bodger

Once this gate is done, it means that the farmyard will be enclosed. The idea being that I can let the boar out from his sty to service in season pigs. His eye sight is so poor that I can't put him outdoors behind electric fencing,, quite simply because he can't see it.
I've already cleaned the trailer out and the shed where the pork pigs were. I might get the power washer on it later in the day.
bodger

I managed to get everything done that I set out to do yesterday. Today, my aim is to complete the last bit of pruning in the orchards and to clean a couple of chicken sheds out. The wind really got up last night and when I nipped out to fetch some logs in a few moments ago, the weather was really raw. I'm glad our piglets have got the benefit of a heat lamp and \I bet they are too.
olde9856

I didn't get the apples finished yesterday so onto that later. It's just to cold out there yet for pruning.
hughesy

Made my usual trip to the abattoir today. a hundred mile round trip always a bit stressful as time is pressing. This morning I hitched the stock trailer up to the tractor and while I was putting some straw into it ready for the pigs the engine died. OK I though it just wants a quick bleed. Couldn't get the lift pump to push any diesel through! I was starting to think I might have to abort the trip when I realised I'd turned the fuel tap off! Pigs loaded and away we went but by now I was in a hurry which always stresses me out. Needn't have worried though I was kept waiting at the abattoir for nearly an hour. I'm doing the trip once a fortnight at the moment but it'll be every week once the trade picks up. Mot my favourite job.
hughesy

On the plus side I picked up a trailer full of fruit from my chums at the fruit and veg wholesalers on the way back so the pigs will be fed better than we will for the next few days!
sod

Always good when you can get a back load like that  
bodger

I'm picking up a load today too. Six pigs split into halves and then this evening, I'll be waiting in for my customers to collect their meat.
This last litter come back quite a bit heavier than I anticipated. For some reason, there's been a big variation between the individual pigs.
A set of scales would be worth considering other than the fact that the slaughterhouse is so far away. I say this because it wouldn't be financially worth it to send odd pigs in. The slaughter house is so far away that it wouldn't pay to send them in bits and drabs. I need to send as many pigs in as I can to justify the time and fuels the journey takes.
bodger

I'm picking up a load today too. Six pigs split into halves and then this evening, I'll be waiting in for my customers to collect their meat.
This last litter came back quite a bit heavier than I anticipated. For some reason, there's been a big variation between the individual pigs.
A set of scales would be worth considering other than the fact that the slaughterhouse is so far away. I say this because it wouldn't be financially worth it to send odd pigs in. The slaughter house is so far away that it wouldn't pay to send them in bits and drabs. I need to send as many pigs in as I can to justify the time and fuels the journey takes.
Mo

Busy day, Bodger, if you do it all twice  

You want scales to weigh pigs before sending them? Using a tape measure give a reasonable estimate, or so we have found.
Mo

It was a beautiful day up here yesterday so we made a start on digging over the veg beds. The ground where they are is not as soaked as we thought it might be so we made good head way.

But, speaking of digging reminds me of a spade shortage we have... will ask about that elsewhere on here.
Rick & Carol

Carol is back from a week at her mums tonight, my day on the smallholding has been a day of housework, amazing how dusty things get after a week.

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