A Week on the Estate: Reds Calving, Winter Drilling & Experts Painting
South Ormsby has enjoyed a busy and productive week’s work, not least at Keal Yard where we welcomed 15 new arrivals to the Lincoln Red herd. By the end of the calving season, we hope to have brought around 150 of these beautiful calves into the world.
Three months behind schedule due to a very wet end to 2019, a relatively dry start to 2020 has finally allowed us to drill the last of the winter cereals. The land has benefitted from a cover crop, adding organic matter for our worms and improving soil health. In March, we’ll begin spring-drilling when – fingers crossed – the weather is dryer and warmer.
At the Hall, Jacqui Rhodes spotted a furtive wanderer in the kitchen garden. When Damian Furlong tried to get a close-up, it proved camera-shy and took to its heels. Our visitor was a tiny, non-native deer – a Reeves’s muntjac – and could be the descendant of escapees from Whipsnade Zoo. The species grows to no more than 1’8” at the shoulder and 3’ in length, so sharp eyes are needed to spot one.