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