We often say Hartington has its own little micro climate but this summer like the rest of the country we have basked in glorious sunshine! Whilst the cattle took comfort under the trees from the sun, our farm manager mowed selected fields for silage. Silage is used for winter feed for the cattle but the lack of rain over the summer months means we have had poor grass growth and like most farmers we have baled less silage. The farm is in the process of sourcing additional silage to get the cattle through the winter but with a 35% increase in the price of silage its a challenging time for farmers.
On a brighter note, Dale has had great success with his cattle in the show ring this summer, with the icing on the cake coming at the ‘Ipstone’ show where the farm’s young bull ‘Ned’ won supreme young bull.
The Lower Hurst organic team are also delighted to be nominated as business for Food for Life Supplier Award with winners being announced on the 3rd October.