Muddyboots

Follow the fortunes of Muddyboots & Family on their East Yorkshire farm which has changed from dairy farm to luxury ice cream manufacture

Monday, 6 August 2007

monday, everything is OK.................

As monday draws to a close, the school summer holidays are in full swing, the press have dropped the f & m story from headline news whilst we, the guardians of the land & providers of good, wholesome food wait in limbo, no man's land waiting for the slaughter of the beasts to begin or the all clear siren to sound. My husband has aged in these past few days. We have to remain positive. The containment plans must work, we cannot face another 2001.

On the farm side, we must be seen to be taking adequate precautions in the area of bio-security. We are lucky that the main milking herd is no longer here, which means no every other day milk collection by tanker. We were extremely lucky that by friday night the batch of heifers due to calve in the next 3 weeks had been returned to the other farm. That was a really good peace of luck & timing. The 3 month old heifers are now out at grass so their barn stands empty, again this is a bio-security measure keeping the public away from direct contact with livestock. This has brought tears of dismay from our younger guests who had feared the worst as the barn has viewing areas for visitors & the mini cows are a great favourite. It is so funny hearing grown adults doing 'moo' impersonations at totally uninterested livestock!

On a final note, and l must say, a totally flippant one, myself and a group of other country bloggers found ourselves named & shamed in an article penned by Times journalist Kate Muir. The article, which l have to say, was not entirely accurate, brought this household great amusement during the weekend so much so that l have been presented with a very tight hat just in case.....................................

14 comments:

mutterings and meanderings said...

THinking of you.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

We're watching the news, hoping and praying. As you say, it's slowly creeping away from headline reports but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Best wishes, Crystal xx

bodran... said...

It's just to horrible to think about...
And keep that hat on we want no swellings..xxlol

FunkyMunky said...

I'm thinking of you too. In fact everyone with livestock ... and /or farms ... I just hope it turns out to be an isolated incident and that the all clear is sounded very soon so you can get back to normal.

laurie said...

wow, muddy, you're in the times! way cool.

best of luck with everything with the farm. i worked on some stories a few years back on chronic wasting disease, which people feared was getting into livestock. so many of these terrible epidemics, and the answer always seems to be to destroy animals.

i'm thinking of you. (also, wondering who the Bodens are who were also in that times piece, but never mind.)

Pondside said...

I'm thinking about you and others who must be going to bed right about now, not knowing what tomorrow's news will bring. You work so hard at what you do - I pray that containment plans will work.

lampworkbeader said...

Keeping an eye on the news and hoping all will be well. It's hard to imagine how awful the waiting and not knowing must be for you.

toady said...

The whole of Devon is holding it's collective breath. Worrying times indeed.

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Thinking of you today - a second outbreak . . . fingers crossed for you and all of us.

Milkmaid said...

I have been quite active on comments re: FMD, really does make cross that it could all be happening again, latest news that it could have been deliberate, words fail me!!!

annakarenin said...

was stunned when Mike told me it was back, hate to think of the stress for farmers as if they haven't enough to deal with.

Regards the other article what a fortuitous bit of advertising for the Boden blogger who is busy running her farm and icecream business and certainly no city dweller living some lifestyle country idyll. Hope it works to your advantage the fact that she obviously is such a bad writer that she can't be asked to read a couple of blogs to ensure she gets her facts right and doesn't end up being the butt end of a joke. Rather a superficial journalist I fear but fingers crossed for you at least the extra hits could be very useful.

Glad to read the response to my previous question and find that you get good satisfaction from running the icecream business and have found a way of making the farm work for you all and still be doing something you enjoy. With your hub on the emigrating thing but would go to France as it would only be a short flight away from my parents.

tim relf said...

It must be such a horrible, nerve-racking time. We're all holding our breath, and have our fingers crossed...

LittleBrownDog said...

Thinking of you and your cows with everything crossed...

And what on earth was Kate Muir going on about? None of it made sense, and it wasn't even funny.

landgirl said...

Why does she say muddyboots is a twee name? Fer goodness sake, that is the essence of farming. I'm lucky if I have any bbots or shoes that are not muddy.

I am glad to know that your livestock are OK for now. I have a post about f and m in draft mode that I will go ahead and publish.
Thanks for visiting my blog and so introducing me to you and yours. It is nice to have a fellow UK farmer in the blogosphere mix.

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