Beef: A missed opportunity to cull some more cows
Published 10/02/2016 | 02:30
It is time to get the farm moving full steam ahead for another year. With the calving and lambing in sight I have decided to sell the best pen of beef bullocks.
It will make more room in the sheds, but my main reason for selling is that there seems to be no real improvement in beef prices and there is a risk of these cattle getting too heavy.
Overweight carcases are back on agenda again for some reason, along with talk of price penalties. There is no point in giving the factories cheaper meat than we are already doing.
But with continental-type cattle you sometimes need to put them into heavy weights to get the desired carcase finish and a decent pay cheque.
Slurry is now becoming a headache with the on-going rain and storms not giving the ground a chance to dry out.
The mild weather means the grass is growing and there is too much cover on some of my fields to spread slurry.
I will try to spread some on a dry rocky field this week and maybe pump some to a tank that is not as high.
That leaking drinking bowl in one shed that I never took the time to fix over the winter is coming back to haunt me now.