Beef - stock are flying through grass at the moment
Published 27/08/2014 | 02:30
With a little autumn feel about the weather in the last fortnight and a drop in temperatures I am a bit concerned about grass growth.
Ten days ago it looked like there was loads of grass about. But the sucker cows seem to be a little discontented in the last few days. They are grazing the soft after-grass and lush re-growth after the topper like there is no tomorrow.
So, like it or not, it is time to start building grass for the autumn months.
I introduced 2kgs of meal three weeks ago to the remainder of the 2012 cattle. It includes a batch of heifers and nine bullocks, I am trying to push them to slaughter at, just under 30 months. This will be in six weeks' time.
I have little choice as I am not prepared to lose 20-30c/kg by letting them go overage. This includes the loss of the quality assurance bonus. It is harder to get them to eat more meal on grass at this stage.
I hope it will increase the kill out percentage of these Limousin cross cattle and also I find it a great way to encourage cattle out of a field on the final day, whether they will be heading to a factory or mart.
It is easier to stake a bucket of meal rather then spend time running about a field after cattle. It is very disappointing at what has happened to the price of beef in recent months.
Everyone in the industry seems to be blaming each other for the problems but no one seems to be interested in tackling the issues.