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Quarterly Update August 2016

Posted by Katy on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 at 13:59:54

Filed under: farming, deer, products

June

Once lambing is finished there is a short break to catch our breath and then we are off into fawning season. With a little more sunshine and the early summer grass the fawns soon grow.

Also in June we heard that Lee Bye of Tuddenham Mill, one of our geographically closer customers, had been awarded a highly prestigious Acorn Award from The Caterer. They are only awarded to 30 of the top people in all of hospitality under the age of 30. Huge congratulations to him and his team. You can read more about the Acorn Award awarded to Lee on The Caterer website.

July

July started with some more customer accolades. The Square Meal Top 100 Restaurants 2016 listed Pea Porridge and 1921, both in Bury St Edmunds, in its listing of restaurant voted for by readers, bloggers and reviewers from all over the country. You can read more about the award here.

A couple of years ago we had a trailer stolen from the farm. This month someone broke through a series of gates and locks to get to where it used to be kept. Since we had changed routine and security since the theft, the trailer was no longer there, but unwilling to go away totally empty handed, they went and stole 5 pairs of antlers instead! Some people just leave you speechless.

August

August is harvest time and there were vehicles all over the Estate – enormous combines, great tractors, big trailers, huge harrows, large spreaders, a small purple bike. Sometimes you just have to take the transport provided!

We have quite a few flowers around the estate offices and summer always seem to involve quite a bit of wandering around with watering cans, so this year the matter was taken in hand on a more industrial scale with a mixture of tubes, taps, plastic tank and a forklift and it worked very well too.

 


Tags: venison, fawns, farming, harvesting, acorn award, square meal award

Hot Weather Rams

Posted by Katy on Thursday, 25 July 2013 at 17:57:10

Filed under: lamb, images, animal welfare

We Managed to Get the Rams Shorn in Time for the Hot Weather.

Here is one of our Southdowns before:

And here he is after:

Practically a different animal!

The Denham Castle lambs are growing apace and have now been weaned onto silage aftermath (that's three weeks of fresh growth after silage has been cut, basically a fresh, clean un-grazed field).

With fawning now finished the bucks have reached full antler growth and will start to shed velvet in the next two weeks.

All we need now is the weather to dry off a bit and then harvest will start next week which will keep everyone very busy!

Tags: rams, weather, shearing

Team Work

Posted by Katy on Saturday, 06 October 2012 at 14:25:03

Filed under: farming, ethos

Daytime, night-time, one combine or two, the small Denham estate team work so hard to get the harvest in each year – and when it’s all in, then on with the ploughing for the new crops.

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Tags: team, combine harvester

Harvest Has Started

Posted by Katy on Monday, 23 July 2012 at 13:53:45

Filed under: farming

Dry at Last!

Today, following two whole days without rain, the farm yard was full of life at a ridiculously early hour and we are delighted to finally announce HARVEST HAS STARTED! The next few days will be very, very long for Matthew and his team as they rush to get as much gathered in before the next predicted rain (Friday). Fingers crossed it all goes smoothly.

Tags: harvest, weather