It has been a beautiful month at the Hereford farm, full of snow, lots of Christmas cheer and plenty of winter walks with the visiting groups. Our final residential trip of the year was with Co-op Manchester, who brought bucketloads of energy and enthusiasm to fencing, adventuring on the hills and eating lots of Christmas dinner. This month, we also had two day-visits from a local school, Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School, which we have a wonderful, close partnership with. It was a fantastic end to the year, including snowball fights, witnessing new piglets being born and getting stuck into the wonderful process of wreath-making.
On the farm, we were delighted that our store cattle and lambs reached top price in the Hereford market. Our Hereford cattle are out in the orchards tackling the bracken before moving onto bale grazing, and we were thrilled to see that most of our ewes are pregnant ahead of the February lambing season!
Amongst the festivities on the farm, we had a lovely end to the year at our Christmas celebration, in which we invited local supporters and volunteers. There was mulled wine, lots of mince pies and no shortage of good cheer. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who generously supports what we do here – we couldn’t do it without you.
For the new year, we are looking out for more residential volunteers. This unique role involves working alongside the Hereford team and our visiting group during their 5-day visit. If you are interested, know someone with the skills and passion, or perhaps have volunteered before and would like to return, please see our volunteer page for the full details and short application form, here. We look forward to meeting you!