30th July 2012
Conservation Pond

The aptly named “Below Road” Field which nestles alongside the River Yeo has been the frequent beneficiary of various drainage schemes over the years and a final attempt last year to clear the old clay drainage pipes layed in the 1960s havi

The aptly named “Below Road” Field which nestles alongside the River Yeo has been the frequent beneficiary of various drainage schemes over the years and a final attempt last year to clear the old clay drainage pipes layed in the 1960s having been abortive it became clear that a different approach was required.

The heavy clay nestling under the shallow layer of topsoil provided very little opportunity for any meaningful agricultural activities to be undertaken since the field spent at least nine months of the year completely waterlogged. So following advice from the Environment Agency and a 10% grant from the BASC work began to turn the wettest area of the field into a conservation pond. Works were only finally completed two weeks ago but already they are bearing fruit. Even as the digger moved out ducks and geese began using the pond and today a pair of Green Sandpipers were sighted.

Last week a flock of Lapwings were seen in the marshy areas alongside the pond and we hope that the coming autumn and winter might cause the pond to be used by all manner of winter migratory birds.
 


15th July 2012
Gap Year Students Arrive

Every year we take on students for Gap Year work. Our new recruits this year, Conan and Jordan, started this week and are already busy with a huge list of jobs from clearing Ragwort, haymaking and the myriad of general maintenance tasks that always bui

Every year we take on students for Gap Year work. Our new recruits this year, Conan and Jordan, started this week and are already busy with a huge list of jobs from clearing Ragwort, haymaking and the myriad of general maintenance tasks that always build up at this time of year.

Our two new recruits are no strangers to Mornacott having visited last in the Spring of 2011 when they were part of the group undertaking their preparation training to work in an orphanage in Lesotho sponsored by Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale. Their last summer was spent in the mountains of southern Africa without electricity and running water . This summer will hopefully be slightly more luxurious but probably equally as hard!” 


12th June 2012
Welcome to the Family

Here at Mornacott we are proud to announce that our resident Highlanders have become parents. 

Here at Mornacott we are proud to announce that our resident Highlanders have become parents. Islay and Rhum are pleased to welcome baby Skye to the family. Skye, a lovely heifer calf was one of our first calves to be born this season and both Mum and baby are doing well. 


26th May 2012
Calves to Market

It is with mixed feelings that we watch our cows go off to market. Last Saturday saw the departure on nine Limousin cross calves just under a year old. 

It is with mixed feelings that we watch our cows go off to market. Last Saturday saw the departure on nine Limousin cross calves just under a year old. These calves are from the small herd of non Devon cattle that we keep on the farm and were sired by our British Blue Bull “Jimmy”.

Pleasingly we gained the top price in our sale category for one of the calves with the others all achieving good sale prices. 


8th March 2012
Orchard Cottage

Work progresses well on the rebuild of Orchard Cottage with the first fit plumbing and electrical works now completed. 

Work progresses well on the rebuild of Orchard Cottage with the first fit plumbing and electrical works now completed. The heating connection to our biomass boiler provided one or two challenges now thankfully surmounted. Orchard Cottage is aptly names since it overlooks what remains of a traditional old orchard which is shortly to be reinvigorated with the introduction of new planting which will comprise traditional old English varieties of apple, pear, plum and damson trees hopefully restoring the orchard to its former glory. 


6th February 2012
Calving Season

We have had a busy month with the stock here at Mornacott. Our breeding herd have all been examined by the vet to determine when they will calve and we all have our fingers crossed for a successful calving season.

We have had a busy month with the stock here at Mornacott. Our breeding herd have all been examined by the vet to determine when they will calve and we all have our fingers crossed for a successful calving season. Preparations are now underway to ready the sheds and stock for the start of calving and lambing, both of which are scheduled to start in the not too distant future! We are all readying ourselves for a few sleepless nights. 


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