23rd March 2011
New Babies

Today saw an exciting event here are Mornacott, the start of calving season was kicked off with the birth of a Devon heifer calf this afternoon.

Today saw an exciting event here are Mornacott, the start of calving season was kicked off with the birth of a Devon heifer calf this afternoon. Both mother and baby are doing well and we are excited to be adding to our Ruby herd. As many calves as possible will have their future on the farm, the heifers to replace and expand our existing breeding herd and the bull calves going on to produce our ‘home grown’ beef boxes. 


15th February 2011
New game chiller helps promote local supply

We were delighted to receive a contribution today towards the cost of our new game chiller from the BASC.

We were delighted to receive a contribution today towards the cost of our new game chiller from the BASC.

By installing a chiller we will be able to supply fresh game locally helping with the BASC’s drive to promote the benefits of eating healthy, low fat, game meat.
Currently most of our pheasants and partridges end up in Belgian Butchers’ markets where game is much sought after by the local population. The UK has never seen great demand for game which is disappointing given the ready availability, healthy eating opportunities and (in our increasingly tight financial climate) the very low cost of this excellent natural food.
 


2nd February 2011
End of Season

Today the pheasants and partridges at Mornacott breathed a sigh of relief as another very successful shooting season drew to a close. 

Today the pheasants and partridges at Mornacott breathed a sigh of relief as another very successful shooting season drew to a close. February also starts the evaluation process, looking back over the season and actively planning for the next one. It will now only be a few weeks until the first eggs are laid, collected and incubated and preparations for the forthcoming season will be well and truly underway. 


20th December 2010
The Big Freeze

Mornacott has, like the rest of the country, been suffering from the extreme weather conditions. 

Mornacott has, like the rest of the country, been suffering from the extreme weather conditions. While the snow looks very pretty it is very much business as usual here on the farm, making sure that the livestock are tended and cared for, this is when the stocks of hay and silage cut this summer come in very useful! 


5th November 2010
Salmon at journeys end

The first salmon were seen in the river today thanks to the heavy rain that we had last week which enabled them to make the long journey up river from the sea.

The first salmon were seen in the river today thanks to the heavy rain that we had last week which enabled them to make the long journey up river from the sea.

The salmon are returning to their birth place which they do every autumn. They will spend the next few weeks recovering from their long journey before they move on to shallow stretches of the river where they will dig a shallow pit with their tails to lay their eggs.

The shallow stretches of the River Yeo which run through Mornacott will keep their eggs supplied with a constant supply oxygenated water until they hatch six weeks later. 


14th October 2010
Red deer rut begins

The yearly battle of the Red deer stags started today. 

The yearly battle of the Red deer stags started today. At first light stags were heard roaring on South Hill, which was followed by the impressive sight of three large stags fighting for the rights to a group of twenty hinds.

By midday the arguments must have been settled because the biggest of the three stags was seen lying on the hillside with his hinds as if nothing had happened. 


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