My Life on the Farm
As I live on a farm, I know from experience that farming life can be very hard, but it can also be really enjoyable. There is always something to do, whether it is the little daily jobs or a whole day of mucking in, and I mean that literally!
The busiest part of the year, and a big highlight for me, has to be springtime, when the lambs are being born. Before the ewes (girls) have their lambs they need to be sorted into groups and be put in their fields and go with the tups (boys). The tups need to go in five months before the ewes are going to give birth.
When cows give birth it is called carving. In some cases you have to pull the newborns out yourself or in extreme situations you might have to bring in a vet to do a c section- which means you have to make a side door and pull the calves out. (Sometimes you have to do it with a sheep as well but this is very rare.)
Pigs are great to have on the farm because they love to eat all of your manky or rotten fruit and veg. When the piglets arrive they are tiny (maybe a shade bigger than a hamster) but very cute!
Chickens are a good way to start a farm because they don’t need too much attention, except that is when they are little chicks. This is a time when they require lots of care such as heat lamp to keep them snug and warm.
Goats are very adventurous with a strong will that sometimes gets them into trouble, because they jump all over and devour just about anything! But they are great for eating all of those thistles and nettles!
In lambing, my Dad has to wake up at 6:30 in the morning so he can feed all of the lambs and their mothers. He also has to go back to the farm at midnight so he can check that all is well with the ewes and their lambs. But when it is not lambing time he can lie in till around 7:30am in the morning. I don’t normally help in the morning as I need to get ready for school but I have to do my bit four evenings a week!
they always seem happy – perhaps they know that they’ll still be with us after Christmas!
We have a few turkeys that wander across the farm, they always seem happy – perhaps they know that they’ll still be with us after Christmas!
My Mum, my Dad, my younger brother and myself only have about one or two holidays a year because we have so many animals to look after. We don’t employ anyone else outside the family; even Granddad helps around the farm on a regular basis.
I have 60 of my own sheep, which are split into two groups: Norfolk Horns and the Hebrideans; both are an endangered species. I also have 15 chickens of my own.
And just in case you were wondering, we have on our farm 500 sheep, 80 cows, 5 guinea fowl, 3 goats, 4 pigs, 15 chickens, 2 turkeys and 2 ponies!
Laura, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy