18th June 2013
Holiday Time

Holiday time is here again at Mornacott with both of our converted barns Orchard Cottage and Barn Cottage occupied for the summer season.  

Holiday time is here again at Mornacott with both of our converted barns Orchard Cottage and Barn Cottage occupied for the summer season. We have recently added a new addition in 'The Old Stables.

'The Old Stables' has been converted from the old stable block following the same methods of restoration used in the conversion of Orchard Cottage and Barn Cottage, and so boasts a locally sourced slate roof, beautiful oak beams and furniture and of course stunning views over the Devon countryside.

We look forward to welcoming all of our holiday guests over the summer season and hope that they enjoy their time with us. 


20th May 2013
Calving Continues

As May continues so does the calving season here at Mornacott.  

As May continues so does the calving season here at Mornacott. The current standings are fifty-five calves in total with approximately thirty cows left to calf. Fortunately the weather continues to co-operate, although not terribly warm the grass has now started to grow meaning that our expectant mums can be turned out in one of the fields adjacent to the sheds and then brought in at night. The dry weather also means that as soon as the new babies are on their feet and feeding well they can then be turned out with mum. 


25th April 2013
The Joys of Spring

Spring is always a busy time here at Mornacott.  

Spring is always a busy time here at Mornacott. As well as beginning the lambing and calving seasons in earnest we also have to look at all the other jobs that need doing now winter is over. One of our main ones is to prepare the fields for stock and to decide which fields to dedicate to the growing of forage. These preparations include, liming, fertilizing and rolling pastureland before the stock are turned out, planning and planting cover crops and routine maintenance on fencing, droveways and machinery ready for the warmer weather. 


10th April 2013
Wedding Fever

Easter Weekend dawned bright and clear here at Mornacott, causing everybody to breathe a sigh of relief as Easter Saturday saw the wedding of our gamekeeper Toby to his lovely fiancee Roxy.  

Easter Weekend dawned bright and clear here at Mornacott, causing everybody to breathe a sigh of relief as Easter Saturday saw the wedding of our gamekeeper Toby to his lovely fiancee Roxy. The Wedding was held in local Bishop's Nympton Church and the reception held at Pyewell Farm. Despite a cold wind the weather was kind, the bride looked stunning and a great time was had by all!  


19th March 2013
Spring is Here

Spring is here or at least it’s meant to be! Despite a wet and windy March we have started lambing here at Mornacott.  

Spring is here or at least it’s meant to be! Despite a wet and windy March we have started lambing here at Mornacott. Our flock of eighty Pole Dorset ewes are inside and ready to lamb. Lambing is a busy time on the farm as the ewes need keeping under close surveillance to ensure both mother and baby thrive.

Lambing the ewes inside allows us to observe both mother and baby for a few days before turning them out to grass. Confinement is lasting a little longer this year due to the inclement weather but we hope to be turning out soon. 


15th March 2013
Breeding Season

Since the shoot season ‘proper’ has finished at Mornacott we have been gearing up to start our pheasant breeding programme.  

Since the shoot season ‘proper’ has finished at Mornacott we have been gearing up to start our pheasant breeding programme. Each year a number of the pheasants released have been bred and reared on the estate.

The process starts with ‘catching up’ where we set out a number of traps to ensnare our hen pheasants which we can then use for breeding. This year after the catch up traps were set, we fed the pheasants around the traps for a week, allowing them to acclimatise. After the time elapsed we closed the traps, still allowing the pheasants to feed but not to escape, this resulted in a total of 750 caught pheasants over a three day period, more than enough to start our breeding programme.  


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