Malmesbury is the oldest borough in England, a status granted by Alfred the Great in AD 880. Long before Alfred there was a 7th-century castle and monastery here on a hill overlooking the River Avon. The Saxon abbey became a famous centre of scholarship and learning. Aethelstan, the first King of All England defeated an army of Scots to claim that title and did so with the help of many men from Malmesbury. As a result, he granted the status Freeman of Malmesbury to a number of them, to be passed down from father to son or son in law. Along with the title, this band of just 280 members, sometimes called "the most exclusive club in the world", title to 600 hides of land south of the town was shared. A "hide" of land was the area considered adequate to support a family at the time. It is rougly equivalent to 30 modern acres. Much of that original 1800 acre gift is still farm land, although the connection between modern freemen and those who actually fought with Aethelstan may be less clear, the spirit is still there. It is fascinating to talk over this and other aspects of history with farmers when we visit Malmesbury to provide:
Photo from Featured Project near Malmesbury
Effective hoof care can help make sure my milk yield stays high
Helping to prevent lameness in your cattle is a very sound investment that protects yield and profits while enhancing the welfare of your herd.<br /><br />At NJB Hoofcare, we not only believe that zero lameness is possible but we also help our farmers to achieve this goal. By carrying out routine assessments and mobility surveys, problems can be picked up early and dealt with before they get serious. With regular preventive trimming, your herd can be kept lameness free.<br /><br />You can help yourself to a great degree in this too, by training your own people to carry out examinations and perform basic trimming, watchfulness becomes part of the daily routine rather than waiting for a visit.<br /><br />There are details of forthcoming courses on the calendar page, or if you would like to have an exclusive training day for your own farm, just give us a call or click in the header of any page to send an email.<br /><br />Our principal area of operation for hoofcare services, trimming, routine preventive work and mobility assessments is throughout Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Monmouthshire. However, to deliver either our one-day herdsman training course, or two to four day advanced training course, we are happy to travel further afield where enough people are interested.