A rare ray of sunshine bathed the Ffarm in glorious, golden light this afternoon.
These days, such events appear to be sadly few & far between; which makes August particularly depressing this year. The hay is still standing in the fields with no indication of when it might be cut; & September’s forecast isn’t exactly promising. Even if the skies were blue & the sun started to shine with a lovely, light easterly breeze, we wouldn’t be able to cut any crops for a while as the ground on which they are growing is so wet. Speaking to Billy, who sells stable mats up in Yorkshire, farmers are doing all they can to harvest the grain there – but are just burning the straw or leaving it to rot as their priority is of course, to salvage the golden kernels of wheat, barley & oats. There was hope that feed prices would start to fall but with the catastrophic harvest, this just hasn’t happened & prices are, if anything, starting to creep up again.
Work has continued in the Dairy Complex & it’s really starting to look very professional in there; we’ve been advised that the parlour will be ready for assessment by the Dairy Hygiene Inspectorate by the end of next week. I’ll have to ‘get my skates on’ & prepare the HACCP Plan & all the supplementary documentation so that we really can ‘hit the ground running’ so to speak. Hopefully by the middle to the end of September (at the very latest) we will be in full production – at last. I can’t believe it’s taken such a long time.
Meanwhile the news wasn’t so good concerning our second-hand bulk milk tank. The engineer from RMS stood & scratched his head, clearly perplexed. It would appear that most of the components will require replacement – including the refrigeration unit – & there’s a leak somewhere in the jacket. Admittedly I wasn’t surprised; it had been a ‘freebie’ after all – but apparently it is repairable. However, at a cost, I suspect: like everything with this build, I suspect it will be expensive…..
…but at least the goats are enjoying their afternoon, grazing the green pasture & lazing in the sunshine.