Latest news from Penrhiw Farm September 15th 2020

Oh dear it seems like ages since I have found time to pen an email update.  Here goes ..... can you believe that we have NOT yet finished the harvest - the end is in sight though with the very last fields of grass mown on Fforest / Cefn Coed.  By the weekend, we sincerely hope it will be "Harvest Home".  Harvest has been a long and drawn out affair with the arable crops suffering the most.  The peas and barley - such an essential crop to provide home grown protein for the pigs and chickens - is a high risk crop and is so vulnerable to bad weather just before harvest.  Factor in Storms Ellen and Francis and the prospect of a barn full of peas and barley is grim.  It was a bad yield and there are lots of fat pigeons plus a hefty fuel bill to pay for the drying.   Jury is out whether peas will feature in the arable rotation in 2021.   On a more positive note, there is plenty of grass this autumn with lovely conditions at the moment to graze it.  

It's sheep sale time - a BIG day for the girls on Friday.  The Penrhiw yearling ewes have been given a MOT and, with a clean bill of health, we hope they will shine in the sun.    

We continue with our Friday morning deliveries (Graham on duty this week), Usk market on Sat morning and Riverside market on Sunday.  Collections from the farm are still possible with many customers taking advantage of this.  

Take care and keep safe

The Penrhiw team