What to look for in November

While dairy cows are mostly housed day and night by now,  some beef cows are still out in the fields, finishing off the last of the flush of grass that comes in autumn. They are usually given silage or hay to supplement the grass.



Spring-born beef calves that have been reared by their mothers are ready to be weaned.  To make the change from the milk in their diet easier, the calves are given some cereal-based feed while still with their mothers.  To ensure the calves and not the cows get the feed, farmers use a feeder like this:



The bar across the opening to the feeder is set at a height so only the calves can get under it to reach the trough. This is called a creep feeder.



Sheep often stay out in the fields throughout the winter months.  As lambing time approaches, the pregnant ewes are brought into the sheds so that the farmer can keep any eye on things as the lambs are born.



Sheep farmers have to pay particular attention to their fencing as sheep are good at escaping.  This bunch fancied a stroll on the beach.



These have got into a field of stubble turnips and are helping themselves ahead of the rest of the flock.   Stubble turnips are grown for sheep to graze in the winter when grass stops growing.



Some of the cereal crops that will be harvested next summer are beginning to emerge.  The seeds, planted earlier in the autumn, have germinated, and the young wheat and barley plants have pushed up through the soil. At this stage each plant is only a couple of green leaves and it looks just like grass.



This year’s apple harvest has been picked and carefully stored for eating later.  Only apples that have no bruising or damage can be stored.  The rest can be used for juice.   Click here for a simple recipe for mulled apple juice, a warming drink for chilly evenings.



Click on November in our vegetable calendar to see what else you can find locally to enjoy this month.