'Beef grid is giving suckler sector a lifeline'
Published 10/11/2016 | 06:00
One thing which makes me angry is that when the price of beef drops, it always seems to bring out the opportunists who have a go at the grid.
I know the grid is not everybody's cup of tea but it was designed and built on science and we can't just pick and choose the science that suits us.
Its probably a bit like the basic payment scheme; everybody wants it capped, at just above the level they are getting.
In actual fact, if you were to follow the science, there is a school of thought that suggests the gap between grades should be extended to 8c/kg, rather than the present 6c/kg.
The grid is probably the only thing that is keeping suckler farmers who finish their own cattle in business at the moment. It is the only way we have of adding value to what we produce.
We turned the stock bulls out with the cows on October 20. Hopefully that will see calving commence around August 1, 2017.
I don't see a lot of cows bulling but its obvious from the appearance of the stock bulls that they are extremely busy under cover of darkness. Its early days yet but hopefully all is going well in that department.
We have just introduced the indoor diet to the cows outside as they are coming close to finishing their last round of grazing and will all be brought into the sheds, even though ground conditions are still almost perfect.