Calving is well underway, and going well. Wandering through the mob this afternoon there were another two new babies, taking their all-important first drink on unsteady legs. The calves are beautiful but we all feel that the lambs take the prize for cuteness, and (controversially) even intelligence! Calves are often too busy demonstrating how fast they can run to take notice of where you want them to go and where mum has been moved to. It’s all about speed!
Given the time of the season we are moving the animals onto fresh pasture every day. This has allowed us to meter out the grass so that it lasts until spring growth, hopefully only a couple of weeks away now.
The ducks are pairing which may be a sign that the weather predictions are wrong and there may be good rain in spring. However, if the ducks are wrong and the predictions right we will reassess the amount of grass that we do have and make decisions from then. No matter what happens our land and our animals will not suffer.