Today at work

Two Tone

Mixed Farmer
First 2 deer calves born today.


Daren’t get any closer as both are no more that minutes old.

Two Tone

Mixed Farmer
How would you cope if they got into difficulties calving ? I imagine they are some flighty customers
It’s not easy, but fortunately I rarely need to intervene. Deer are our least most domesticated farm animals and don’t respond well to much in the way of intensification. I maybe get one bad calving every 2 years out of 120 hinds. There isn’t really a lot we can do to help. I would think that just about every deer farmer has tried and it is nearly always completely as useless. Either the calf will die, or the hind and usually both. Vets can’t really help and if one is real difficulties, it is best to euthanise them. The best thing to do is if you see one about to calve, go away and come back much later in the day or the next day. They will usually manage all by themselves. It’s purely natural selection. Problem Calvers’ died out generations ago.

Two Tone

Mixed Farmer
Suppose you just have to treat them as Lims, think they share the same gene pool 😊
I used to farm Lims. Many a time I had to go in to the yard with a teleporter to pick up a dead calf!
Deer farming is a lot less hassle. It fits in with the arable really well too.
They live out their entire lives. Calving will peak about 7th June. I have 2 busy days in September, weaning the calves and setting out the 3 rutting groups. A 4th group of older mostly baron hinds looks after the weaned calves. The breeding stags are de-antlered a few days later by using general anaesthetic and wake up with about 30-35 hinds waiting for them in a paddock, it being the start of the Rut.
The only other busy day happens about a week before they go. The venison stags are de-antlered in a special crush and tagged and the hinds are tagged. This happens at between 15 months and 18 months old.
Deer won’t put any weight on in winter when day length shortens. The trick is to get them as heavy as possible during the summer and try to stop them losing weight during the winter.


Livestock Farmer
County Down
Checking on the woolies

And not so woolies

And a future cow maker born yesterday

Some of the grazing grass appears to have gotten slightly ahead of the cows…

Thankfully the mower man is working away today. Rain forecast for tomorrow but at this point it needs cut, hopefully it’ll dry out again.

And some much needed repair and maintenance of drain covers around the yard.

Not what I needed the night before a two week holiday - flystike.

While walking around with BIL who will be looking after the place I noticed a wet patch on the back of one of my daughter's pets.

A quick dash to my dad's for my clippers (which I haven't used in 5 years) and back and an hour later I had auditioned for Specsavers.

Update: no sign of maggots this morning so now it's BIL's problem - I'm off!

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...