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Oakhouse farm news 25.6.2020

Summer has definitely arrived (to be followed by a thunderstorm tomorrow if the forecast is correct). If you need to cool off, drop in at the shop and enjoy our splendid new air conditioning!

Profile This week: Robert .Robert is a farmer, landowner and businessman from mid-Suffolk. As well as arable crops, he rears pigs and ducks on his family farms. Robert comes and bales all of our hay and straw each year with his high capacity round balers, which can make bales up to 6’ in diameter (although we stick to either 4’ for hay and silage or 5’ for straw). These modern balers are extremely fast and efficient , baling upwards of 10 acres per hour in straw (much more than the 2-3 acres that we managed when we had our own machine). Haymaking The hot weather has been perfect this week for making some hay. Usually we have to turn the grass 3 or 4 times after cutting it before making it into big bales, but this week twice has been plenty. The hay will be stored until next winter when it will be used to feed the donkeys and some of the cattle Our grass meadows, mostly surrounded by hedgerows, make a great habitat for wildlife. There is an abundance of animals about the meadows at the moment ranging from the grass snakes in Angels Meadow (behind the farmyard), voles and other small mammals, plenty of birds, and one of our favourites, the owls looking for food. A barn owl was spotted on the edge of one of our meadows a couple of weeks ago, and if you come down to the shop, keep an eye out for the little owls that can often be seen around the yard or out on Robert’s Meadow (along the farm drive. Opening Times  Wednesday 9am - 3pm  Friday 9am - 5pm  Saturday 10am - 4pm  Please observe our C-19 precautions in the shop (details on the d

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