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Tractors and calves pull them in

by Rod Kebble

A blue 1958 Fordson Dexta with orange wheels — one of the tractors that brought visitors to the farm over the weekend.

A 1958 Fordson Dexta — one of the tractors that brought visitors to the farm over the weekend.

A sunny start to June helped the Central Southern Vintage Agricultural Club (they of the annual ploughing match) with its Days Gone By event over the weekend of the 1st/2nd at the Rural Life Centre, just 400 metres up the road from Pierrepont Farm.

As last year, visitors to this attraction — which features vehicles and machinery from a bygone rural age — could hop on a trailer drawn by a vintage tractor for a ride down to the farm, where they could visit the robotic milking parlour, take a walk through the woods or simply have a cup of tea in the sun with a tub of the ever-popular Meadow Cottage ice cream.

Not there, try the other end. Igloo the calf, still less than 12 hours old, tries to connect at the wrong end of her mother, Iceberg.

Not there, try the other end. Igloo the calf, still less than 12 hours old, tries to connect.

Early on the Saturday one of our pedigree Jersey cows, Iceberg, obligingly gave birth to a heifer who was promptly named Igloo — whose arrival was followed in the evening by that of a young bull calf.

Two vintage tractors operated a shuttle service every 20 minutes on both days, bringing around 200 visitors in total. There were no breakdowns!

Eureka! Once Mum has lain down, Igloo finds the udder and connects.

Eureka! Igloo makes the connection she was hoping for.