What to look for in June

At this time of year grass is growing fast and it is at its best as a feed for cattle and sheep.   Young beef calves grow fast on grass and the milk from their mothers.  This cow has twins and plenty of milk to feed them both.

Up on Bodmin Moor pony mares have given birth and have young foals beside them.

Local farmers have the rights to graze sheep, cattle and ponies on the rough moorland grassland.

Pigs reared out of doors enjoy rooting in grass.  Pigs are omnivores which means they eat almost anything –  plants, grass, insects, worms and small animals.

They love to lie around in the warm sunshine too but can get sunburnt.  To read more click here.

Hay and silage are made to preserve grass in the growing season when there is plenty of it.  It will be fed to livestock in the winter when grass stops growing. A warm dry spell of weather is needed to make good hay.  The cut grass is spread out and dries in the sunshine until there is very little moisture left in it.  Click here to read more.

The season for locally grown asparagus is very short, just a few weeks, and by the middle of June it is drawing to a close.

The crop is harvested as the young shoots or spears appear above the bare soil.  At the end of the season the last shoots are left to grow into tall ferns.  When these die back, they provide nutrients for the plant so it will produce a crop again next year.  Here is a simple but delicious recipe for asparagus.