Contented cows. Autumn/ Winter 2020. Busy on the farm

 Autumn/winter farm work with our herd of cows.

To round up 2020, we thought you might like to see the team at work on the farm-side of our business, at Heritage Escapes.

Here are four short videos from our  Heritage Escapes You Tube channel.  You can find all the videos easily,  using this one link.  The videos show the day to day farming jobs which are on-going throughout Autumn and Winter.

Please do share the short videos amongst your own friends if you wish to.

The videos show the everyday chores on-going throughout Autumn and Winter.  No matter what is happening in the world outside, farm life continues and follows the rhythms of nature. Although all our lives have been interrupted and very different this year, nothing much changes for our small herd of cows.  At this time of the year , whilst they are in the barn-yard, they are fed, watered and checked daily, and bedded up weekly. Warm, full and contented, they enjoy being indoors tucked away from the elements.

Looking after  livestock keeps us busy and provides outdoor work. This at present, is of course in complete contrast to our holiday cottage business, which is shut down in our coastal properties under the Tier system.

Winter quarters

Heritage Escapes. Mum and calf in the barn

Mum and calf doing well, sheltered in the barn

Mother and Baby cow and calf in our barn at Field Housee

Mother cow protectively watches over her new calf

The barn which houses the cows is very close to the holiday cottages and our farmhouse, allowing us to keep a close eye on their well-being. Children who are staying love to  persuade their parents to make frequent visits to view the cows, just to be in close proximity to them and observe their habits.  They are beautiful creatures -friendly, inquisitive  and only noisy if they are hungry!

When we are asked why we keep cows the answer we generally give is because we have always have had cows on the farm and we can’t imagine life without them!  The milking herd is long gone, but in the days up until 2002,  there were over 100 cows being milked twice daily, plus all the young-stock being housed and raised in the farmyard buildings. Now with a small herd of under 20 beasts, we retain all the interest of having large farm animals for ourselves and our visitors, without the unbelievably heavy workload of a full scale dairy farm.