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By The Barn

by Angela Sargent

15 Nov 2023

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Now it's November, we have shorter daylight hours and the days certainly feel busier with having to try and cram all the work in as best we can.

Farmers are beginning to use the stocks of feed that they've built up over the summer - the hay, the silage and the straw and maybe some corn. Any excess corn may be sold but the storage of it has to be checked regularly to make sure the temperature of the seed in the middle of the heap isn't too high.

The hedges themselves are losing the red colours of the berries as the birds clear them and the leaves are blowing off in the blustery autumn winds.
Dairy cattle are inside, and milking takes place anywhere between one and three times a day depending on the needs of the farm.

Out in the fields you may see or hear Canada geese or Greylag geese, both of which breed in the UK and are really the only geese to do so.

They're both tall birds but the Canada geese are bigger. The Greylags are grey with a thick orange beak, the Canada goose has a black head, long black neck and pale breast with a white patch on their throat and cheeks. You might see a skein of geese across the skies, flying in a V formation.
Not many flowers will be about now particularly, depending on the weather and we prefer a crisp dry blue-sky day rather than a period of wet, misty, soggy days, which are no good to man or beast. The country lanes are bordered by the dead, crisp stems of this summer and autumn flowers - the campion, the brambles the nettles and Willow herbs.

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