Beechenhill Farm - Field Work
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Field Work

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WALLING
There are 16 fields at Beechenhill Farm. The edges of the fields are marked by dry stone walls. These are special landscape features in the Peak District. Many of the walls are very old. Sometimes they fall over and the farmer has to repair them, this is called gapping. There are lots of stiles in the walls, one type is a squeeze belly stile.
 
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SILAGING
Cows eat grass. Grass grows in spring, summer and autumn but not in winter. Extra grass is grown in summer and saved to feed the cows in winter, it is called silage. The grass is cut, rolled into big round bales and sealed into black plastic bags to keep the air out. This stops the grass going mouldy. In winter the cows are fed silage inside their shed.
 
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WEED CONTROL
 
Because the farm does not use chemical weed killers, the weeds have to be controlled in different ways. It is important to stop the weeds spreading their seeds. Thistles and nettles are mown, ragwort is eaten by sheep or pulled up and docks are dug up and mown.
 
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MANURE SPREADING
 
Manure is a mixture of animal dung and straw. Composted manure is good plant food. It is spread on the fields between May and October while the grass is growing.
 
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