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Arable farming disaster

At Smithy Briggs there is only a small area of arable land growing wheat, oilseed rape and vining peas for Birds Eye.  2012 has not favoured a small arable farm.  The UK is dominated by arable crops and all have been challenged and will suffer a yield penalty this year quite imply down to too […]

A week after the only June Hay was made!


The picture sums up 2012 harvest! Haymaking is always a challenge in the UK climate.  2012 is proving to be more difficult than any other harvest.  In June we managed 17 acres of hay when normally we would have done +/- 300 acres!  Cutting and hay making Meadow hay in July and August after a […]

Wet wet wet


After now nearly 2 months since staring forage harvest and nearly a month since making our last (and only) batch of hay there is some noises being made by the forecasters about the weather becoming more settled. Machines and men are poised and ready to get stuck into the grass harvest but a big concern […]

2011 Haylage available For Sale

We still have available for sale a batch of 2011 2nd cut ryegrass/clover haylage. This haylage would either suit a working/busy pony/horse or livestock with basic analysis as follows; Dry Matter 72% Crude Protein 12% D-Value 65 ME 10.44 We also have sufficient hay in stock to see existing customers (and some new!) through to […]

Birds Eye vining peas sown today!

We finally got our Birds Eye vining peas sown today after a long drawn out planting period! The peas are sown and harvested by the world’s largest Vining Pea grower group, The Green Pea Company www.greenpea.co GPC is owned by 230 farmers in East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire for the sole purpose of supplying Birds […]