4 Reasons to Visit Royal Cornwall Show

Royal Cornwall Show is about the same level of excitement for me as Christmas and here’s why…

Royal Cornwall Show is just around the corner and here are five great reasons you should visit…

  1. Entertainment

If I even began to tell you how much goes on at Royal Cornwall Show I would be here all day, let alone the three days the show is on! With exciting performances and activities in the main ring all day to demonstrations at the lake, it’s a great place to sit back and relax with an ice cream or marvel at the death defying stunts of the motorcycle display team. There’s also plenty of places to enjoy live music and dance performances too!

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Inter Hunt Relay

2. Animals

Animals big and small are at the show, from the biggest Shire horse to the smallest insect at the Newquay Zoo stand. From talking sheep in the Countryside Area (trust me, it’s hilarious) to the happy little rabbits and guinea pigs in the pets section.

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Snoozing Pigs…

3. Shopping

My personal favourite, the shopping! There’s plenty of shopping to be done, from food to fashion, every taste (excuse the pun) is covered and you can shop safely in the knowledge that if it’s at the show it’s got to be good quality (and a lot of the time, Cornish!)

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The Food & Farming Tent

4. Family

There’s something for the whole family at the show and tonnes of activities for the little ones to get stuck into. The fairground is always a hit, especially for when you’ve eaten too much cotton candy and still get on the carousel (guilty). Plenty of animals to pet, machinery to see and ice creams to eat.

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From the Ferris Wheel

Are you going to the show this year? What’s your favourite part? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Ruth x

Spring

Find out what Spring means for us on the farm…

Although I’m sure every other blogger, instragrammer or tweeter has been posting pictures of daffodils and new born lambs (guilty). I just wanted to take the time to acknowledge spring on the blog and tell you a bit about what it’s like on the farm for us.

Sheep

Spring for us means lambs. We’ve already had several from a group of sheep we bought in who were due mid-march, but the rest of ours weren’t actually due until now. We lamb late due to the better weather (usually) and we lamb outside, due to lack of shed space. Of course we’ll bring in any doubles and triplets but strong singles should be fine outside, and better off for it. We’ll still catch them to mark them and ring them as well as giving the umbilical cord a drop of iodine. Although this is a labour intensive way, it’s the way it has to be done, for now at least. The introduction of the quad bike and trailer made things 100x easier.

Cows

Spring time on the dairy farm is really enjoyable, the cows are out and they’re happier grazing away at the grass in the sun. Which means that the monotonous yard work is halved and we have more time to get on with other things, like the spring re-seed. The cows are also due to calve at the end of April with 40 due all together, they will be all replacements of either Monbeliard and Norwegian Red breed. 

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We’re having a spell of dry sunny weather at the moment, so let’s hope that lasts! What does spring mean for you?

Ruth x

Welcome Molly!

It’s been a busy month on the farm and we’ve welcomed a new addition, Molly!

We have a new addition to the family! A lovely collie called Molly. We bought Molly from the chap that scans our sheep, who has a good reputation for breeding and training working dogs.

Lets back track 18 months, when the heartbreaking decision was made to put down our beloved dog Jed, we had had him for about 17 years, so he was a good age but it didn’t make it any easier. So we’ve been without a dog for all this time and to be honest we weren’t ready for another dog.

So when our sheep were scanned dad got talking to the chap about what dogs he had and he thought he might just have one suitable. So a couple of weeks ago we drove for a good hour to see the dog he was talking about, this dog turned out to be Molly. The sweetest dog you could ever ask for. Of course having a good temperament wasn’t enough, we had to see what she was like working, but of course she excelled at that too. Even though there’s still a bit of training to be done she’s more than willing.

She was a delight to travel home and didn’t make a peep. She was obviously nervous at first in new surroundings but she’s settled in so well you would’ve though she’d been with us at least a month.

She loves riding on the back of the quad but being so keen we have to be weary about her jumping off to chase the sheep. They are heavily in lamb so it wouldn’t be good. At least we know she’s still keen!

I’ll keep you updated on how she’s getting on, we’ve got her on a month trial but I don’t think there’s any chance of her going back!

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Quick Healthy-ish Granola Recipe

A super quick, tasty and pretty healthy granola recipe. Does it get better than that?

Happy New Year everyone! Is it too late to say that? Oh well in the spirit of the new year I’m doing something I’ve never done before and putting a recipe on here! I enjoy baking so hopefully this will become a regular thing!

I’m a huge breakfast person and tend to go between porridge and granola. But since discovering how easy it is to whip up my own granola, I’m completely converted. It’s cheaper, lasts longer and I can control what goes in!

The original recipe is from Tanya Bakes, a fab book with tonnes of recipes from pancakes to pizza. This is my take on it, so I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients:

500g rolled porridge oats            250ml runny honey

5tbsp. coconut oil                          50g pumpkin seeds

25g flaked almonds                       30g brazil nuts

30g cashew nuts

You Will Need:

2 x large baking trays lined with grease proof paper and a large mixing bowl.

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C and melt the coconut oil and honey in a saucepan and stir.
  2. Chuck all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, you can add whatever nuts and seeds you like. I tend to put in whatever I have and judge the quantities by eye without really weighing it!
  3. Pour over the coconut oil and honey mixture then give everything a good stir so it’s all well coated.
  4. Spread a thin even layer over the baking trays and pop in the oven for around 10 to 15 minutes. Keep a close eye on it and take it out when it’s just golden brown.
  5. Once cooled completely then it’s your chance to add in any dried fruit you’d like, I’m not a fan of dried fruit but you could add raisins, sultanas or apricots.
  6. Transfer into an airtight container or jar. I’ve found it makes a lot so fits into my big Kilner jar plus two coffee jars. If you aren’t sure how much you want or just want to try it out the recipe is easily halved.

I have mine with natural yogurt and blueberries. The granola keeps for up to a month, but mine never hangs around that long!

Enjoy! Ruth x

Livestock Event 2016: A Review

A little review of what was a very exciting Livestock Event for me, and possibly the last one ever…

5 best bits of (3)As we trundled up the motorway towards Birmingham, or rather Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, which is we were staying in a lovely AirBnb, aptly named ‘The Old Dairy’, I was excited. ‘There’s no way in hell I’ll win…’ I thought, but I was very much looking forward to going anyway. Livestock Event was one of those things that I’d always heard about, and thought ‘one day…’. Birmingham is quite far for us to go and it did take us a good four hours to get up there.

Let’s backtrack to a few weeks beforehand when I had an email from The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF). To say I was one of the finalists in their Farm Health Management Awards, with a piece of writing I had done as a part of my degree, and could I come up to the Livestock Event for the presentation?  I excitedly rang my boyfriend to see if he would come with me, and thankfully he was as keen as I was to go.

The event itself took place at the NEC, a huge venue. So its understandable to worry if the show would fill it, but it did. Rows upon rows of stands lined the hall, with machinery demonstrations outside, and calf igloos with gorgeous calves in.

We spent a lovely day there, I particularly enjoyed an inspiring talk by Women in Dairy, celebrating their first birthday, there was cake! MyMorning Routine-

We also watched the NMR Gold Cup, which was really interesting to see what the top dairy herds in the UK were achieving. A big congratulations to Simon Bugler for winning the coveted Gold Cup.MyMorning Routine- (1)

Next came time for The RABDF Farm Health Management Awards, so I nervously made my way over to the stand to meet with the other finalists and my tutor. There were two veterinary students and two agricultural students (that was me and my friend Ross), in the final. When they called Ross’ name as the runner up I physically couldn’t believe that I was the Agricultural Student Winner… even when I collected my certificate and trophy.MyMorning Routine- (2)

Needless to say I was a bit over excited when people wanted to interview me, and congratulate me. I was honestly overjoyed. I still don’t think its quite sunk in yet. How did we celebrate? Pizza Express, wine and the football. Rock and roll 😉

I want to thank everyone involved at the Livestock Event, it was a lovely day. However, in 2017 the Livestock Event is becoming the National Dairy Event, a one day event which will be in September, so I wish them every success with that. I’m hoping we might venture up!

Did you go to the Livestock Event? What did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know…

Ruth x

Twitter Focus: #AgriChatUK

Ahead of their special #AgrichatUK tonight, here is a bit about them and why you should join in…

Twitter Focus-

AgrichatUK was started back in 2011, founded by Edward Morgan, Charles Tassell,  Simon Haley and Jez Fredenburgh. Hosted by Will Wilson. It has grown significantly in the last five years, now boasting an impressive 20,369 followers and growing by the day.

It was the first agricultural based hashtag on Twitter, the premise being a place where people involved in agriculture can get together, to share ideas, discuss and debate. A place to connect with people from all different parts of the industry, from different parts of the country.

I believe it is such a brilliant idea, a place where you can come and talk with other people, all connected by the same thing, agriculture. As we all know, agriculture can be a lonely business, but with this, anyone can join in the discussion, have a chat, and it can really help. Plus, everyone is so friendly and welcoming.

From debating the hot topics in the farming world, to discussing the past, present and future of agriculture, mental health and succession. There’s a new topic every week, special guests and co-hosts, you will never be bored.

Personally I enjoy reading others opinions on the topics, as well as contributing with my own. I can truly say I learn something new every week. It really shows how agriculture is changing and growing with social media, I never would’ve thought Twitter would be such a popular place for farming!

So make sure you join in for the SPECIAL AgrichatUK TONIGHT at 8pm debating the EU Referendum! Leave me a comment and let me know if you do…

Ruth x