As soon as the fields
are dry enough to work on, there is
work to do to prepare for spring.
Tractors are out spreading
farmyard muck, a mixture of animal
dung and straw from the sheds where
the cattle live in the winter. The
muck is loaded into a spreader which
flings its load out as it is driven
across the field.
The muck provides
important nourishment for the soil,
encouraging earth worms and feeding
the grass. You'll probably be able
to smell it when a muck spreader has
been working nearby!
Hedges keep livestock in the fields
and provide them with shelter. They
are also provide a home for all kinds
of wildlife. Trimming the hedges from
time to time ensures they grow thick
and can shelter farm animals and wildlife.
Where hedges need
trimming, the work must be done
before spring comes and birds
begin nesting. If hedge trimming
is put off as late as possible
in the winter, birds have the
chance to eat up any remaining
berries in the hedge.
A hedge-trimmer mounted on the
back of a tractor quickly cuts
back any straggly growth.
In the sheep sheds, lambing
is well underway. Lambing indoors
when the weather is bad protects
new born lambs from the wet
and cold and from predators
The lambing shed can be a
noisy place! You might think
all sheep bleating sounds
the same but a lamb quickly
learns to recognise its mothers