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20 December, 2016

Farm Diary

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The ewes are grazing stubble turnips at present. These were sown in September and provide fresh feed now that the grass has little nutritional value. The sheep initially eat the green leaves but then learn that the turnips themselves are preferable being sweet and tasty providing high sugar and therefore energy levels. The alternative for the hopefully pregnant ewes is hay, haylage or silage as a bulk feed, but this is expensive and requires more management, machinery etc. For these ewes which are due to start lambing in early March they will also receive some concentrate nuts from mid Jan onwards. The aim is to produce lambs that are fit and healthy when born but not too large otherwise there will be difficulties at birth. ...

12 November, 2016

Lasham Gliding Society Winter Talks 2016/2017

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We are arranging a really good season of Saturday evening events again this winter with something organised every Saturday from the bonfire night party through to the beginning of April. Talks are free of charge and you do not need to be a member at Lasham to attend. Non-members and members of other clubs are also most welcome. ...

30 October, 2016

Hampshire Federation of W.I.

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Report of our October meeting Our speaker this month was Sandra Simmons with her talk titled “A Day in Iran as a Housewife” She married an Iranian whom she met at Portsmouth when both being in the Navy. She married in an English Ceremony, but had to marry again in an Iranian ceremony. ...

30 October, 2016

Farm Notes

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The wonderful spell of autumnal weather which we have all enjoyed has allowed us to plant most of the winter crops for the 2017 harvest. There is always a balance to be reached at this time of year between planting early which may result in having crops weedy and too forward before the winter or not planted at all because the ground is too wet from autumn / winter rains. The aim is that all the crops are established and growing well before the wet weather arrives and makes any field machinery operations impossible – even the best bits of kit quickly become useless when the ground is wet. The disadvantage of early planting is that there is a very short time window between the previous harvest and seeding so that there is insufficient time for weed seeds to germinate and then be killed off. ...

30 October, 2016

Wildlife Support and Conservation

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The State of Nature Report (SNR) published in September contains information from more than fifty conservation groups and organisations covering the United Kingdom. Last year we were aware that Nature was in trouble. This year 8000 species were checked, and it is noted that over 15 per cent are either already extinct, or on the Red List. ...

24 October, 2016

Lasham Bonfire & Fireworks – NEW VENUE

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The Lasham Village Bonfire Party will be held on Saturday 5th November at the Jubilee Field by kind permission of John Jervoise, Lorna Magenis and Andy Martin. ...

30 September, 2016

Bonfire Night – Lasham Gliding Society

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Lasham Gliding Society will be holding a Bonfire Night on Saturday 29th October (not 5th November as previously advertised), with the fire being lit at approximately 6:30pm, and fireworks scheduled to start at approximately 7:00pm. ...

21 September, 2016

Litter Pick

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There will be a village Litter Pick on Saturday 8th  October – meeting on the village green at 9.30a.m. Come and help keep our village looking good! ...

21 September, 2016

Hampshire Federation of WI

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Our speaker this month was the extremely humorous Judy Theobald who’s aptly titled ‘Life & other problems’ talk had us giggling like schoolgirls. ...

21 September, 2016

Farm News

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The last article that I wrote for the Villager was in early August 2015 and I commented how many insects and butterflies were on the farm in that spring – the harvest that followed had the highest yielding crops to date but the prices received for the grain went down. I am now writing these notes after most of the 2016 crops have been harvested and it has not been a bumper year – the wet weather in June affected the flowering period (yes all crops do have flowers – but not the pretty colourful ones) and so the grains have generally been smaller and some were diseased or shrivelled. Below average yields have been reported around the country and one grain marketing company has estimated that the UK wheat harvest is 13.9 million tonnes compared with 16.2 million tonnes last year. The good news is that for my group of farms last year’s drying charges of about £14000 have been reduced to £3300 this year after the dry August, with only the beans to cut, and the quality is reasonable. ...

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