13 February 2014
In a normal year we would expect some of our Longhorn cattle to remain out in the fields all winter, with haylage and straw topping up their diet. However, this time with conditions so bad and the meadows flooded, there was no other option but to bring all the animals in under cover. This has put a strain on our food supply as well as our buildings, but at least all sheep and cattle have dry beds and a roof over their heads. We can only watch in utter horror at the conditions farmers in the West Country are enduring. The really disturbing part is not knowing how or when the misery will end, and what the long term consequences will be.
Another aspect of this freakish weather is the unseasonal, mild temperatures we have been experiencing. As a result, there is plenty of early growth and our rhubarb, always a barometer of temperature, is moving ahead at a pace and must be 2-3 weeks earlier than usual!