Cows are calving | Ewefields Dazzler delivers!

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Cows are calving | Ewefields Dazzler delivers!

The cows have begun calving this month and we have some lovely calves from the new bull called Ewefields Dazzler. Its always a bit worrying when you have a new bull as you never quite know whether you’ll run into calving problems, but all has gone well so far. There have been more bull calves than heifers this year but luckily my best cow has finally had a heifer so I can continue to breed from that line. I bought some more sheep and also 2 new rams, one is a Charolais  and the other a Suffolk so only time will

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Start of the camping season on a South Devon farm

It is good to see the back of what has been a long and very wet season. The ewes and lambs have been munching their way through the stubble turnips all winter, and have come out the other end looking very good, considering the consistently wet weather that they have endured. I suppose it was quite warm all winter which has helped them out a little. On the 10th March I sold four lambs that weighed in very well at about 45kg each. I took them to Exeter Livestock Market, as they were holding a show and sale of new

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Why we turned into an all yurt Devon camp – Bye Bye Bell Tents

A big change for Rocombe Retreat. We are now a Devon Yurt Camp!  This year we have changed from having two bell tents, one one yurt and a shepherds hut. We swapped the two Belltents for another 16 foot yurt and an 18 foot yurt.We have decided to continue investing into the accommodation and facilities, after all this is what makes us who we are. More comfort and snugness can’t be bad right? We found last year that the bell tents were not standing up to the weather conditions that  we had (Even though we HOPE that was a freak

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Otters & Owls at Christmas time in Devon

Most of the time this month has been spent feeding silage to the cattle in the barn, and keeping there bedding clean with plenty of lovely golden straw. When we clean this out in the spring this will give us lots of manure to spread on the fields as we don’t spread any chemical fertilisers. It’s lucky we don’t have any cattle outside this year as the weather has continued very wet, although it has been very mild here in south Devon with temperatures in double figures most of the time . Because of this the wild life has had

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Rain rain go away, leave our campsite please!

Looking back over this blog, I always seem to be talking about the rain this year… but aren’t we all I suppose! It has to be said that this year I have never seen such heavy rain. On Wednesday 21st in the early hours, I was awoken by the sound of rain and went to the  farm to check things were OK. The stream that runs through the farm was running at the highest I have ever seen it, luckily for us we don’t flood but just had to cope with the massive amount of runoff. Incredibly on Saturday 24th

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Kingfishers, Otters and Eels, gone Cuckoo in Torquay??!

I have had an interesting month. There seems to be a lot of wild life around here at the moment. There’s all the bird life which seems to increase every year I heard the cuckoo earlier in the month which I haven’t heard for quite a while, but I suppose that’s bad news for another unsuspecting bird! I haven’t seen the Kingfishers for a while so I expect they’re nesting. One thing I have seen is Otters that have turned up at the ponds 3 times in the past few weeks. The second time I saw them was at about

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Spring has Sprung

Hi, I am Peter, I farm Springfields farm and run Rocombe valley retreat. Nestling down here in Devon the Rocombe Valley is looking amazing this April the sun is shining some days without a cloud in the sky ,and its suprisingly warm for April as we are down under the wind. Spring is here at last after a cold and frosty winter and the wild flowers are out all over the farm , with some spectacular displays of daisys in some fields and primroses all around the hedgerows.Also, the hedges are white in many places with the hawthorn, blackthorn and cherry

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