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Farmer John’s January 2012 Blog

Farmer John’s January 2012 Blog

1 Jan 2012

Last Friday evening I hitched a lift to Sheffield with Pete James, my son in law, who’d been recording his latest CD in Eastbourne (a mortgage song…

Last Friday evening I hitched a lift to Sheffield with Pete James, my son in law, who’d been recording his latest CD in Eastbourne (a mortgage song included, I hope). Lindsay was there with Nicola looking after Olivia our new granddaughter. The following day we drove across Snakes Pass to Manchester to see Alice, view the 7th floor flat she is about to buy and meet possible prospective in laws. Our journey back that Saturday was not good; driving snow and cars scattered or stationary on the M6.
Back here, one old highly experienced cow had decided to adopt a newly born calf to save the bother of having her own. Her udder was uncomfortably full and her calf had moved into the birthing position, but there it was to stay. We removed the calf and proper mother hoping this would encourage her to get on with the serious business of her own calving. No such luck, 36 hours later still no calf even though I could feel the legs and head properly presented. I have been watching “Call the Midwife” but no amount of shouting PUSH seemed to make any difference. I phoned a friend, in fact two, for advice and help. Both said it was rather cold for messing about with uncooperative cows. Tea was the answer, and the opportunity to externally process my dilemma with Lindsay. Refreshed and renewed I returned to the cow to find a 45 kilo bruiser calf had slipped out and was now setting into the marathon task of emptying that huge udder.
Speaking of which, Ciiff Marriott, our Educational Officer and his wife Pam Goddard of “5 A Day Market Garden” fame at Englefield have gone through an equally long and painful process of getting fit. To prove progress in this direction they are running in the Reading Half Marathon in aid of the Royal Berks Hospital, and would greatly value your support. This very worthwhile appeal is going to help women who have found that breast cancer is part of their experience of “running the race of life”.
www.justgiving.com/pamgoddard
www.justgiving.com/cliffmarriott