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What to see in November

A warm autumn has meant the grass has kept growing longer than usual this year. Now that itís getting colder and there are fewer daylight hours the grass is growing slower and has less feed value for livestock. Dairy cows need a high energy diet to produce milk so from now on they are kept indoors and fed on a diet of silage and grain.

Sheep, especially ewes in lamb, usually stay out in the fields for longer, only coming into the farmyard at lambing time. Crops like stubble turnips are sometimes grown for them to graze on.

Crops of wheat and barley sown in early autumn are already coming up. The seeds have germinated and the young plants have pushed up through the soil. At this stage each plant is only a couple of green leaves. In fact it looks just like grass.

In the orchards, the apples have been harvested and are now carefully stored for eating later on. Some are made into juice. Click here for a simple recipe for mulled apple juice, a warming drink for chilly evenings.

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