Calving season arrives in middle of a busy harvest
Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30
For the past few weeks, work's been a little like the old joke about the 46A bus - how you wait for ages for one and then three come along together.
At the one time, the harvesting started, we were wrapping silage, baling hay and we were also mad busy calving.
The heifers were due to start calving 10 days before the main herd but, for whatever reason, they all started calving at the one time and we have had almost 70 calvings in two weeks. If that pace continues, close to 50pc of the herd will be calved in three weeks.
Ultimately, in farming, the weather has an impact on most things. It's been very mild and humid so, though the cows are being fed hay at the moment, calves are bigger than one would like. A few cows have needed assistance but hopefully that is just a blip.
We got our hay baled, eventually, in good conditions and it looks like good quality feed. We continue to take out a few paddocks to be wrapped but I don't think that I'll take out any more after this week.
Our reseeding programme is finished for this year. Two fields reseeded earlier in the year have been grazed a few times and the last field we sowed, after winter barley, is just emerging.
The winter barley was very disappointing this year, with poor yield and poor quality and, for anyone selling it, a poor price. The barley that we are keeping for ourselves was treated with Maxammon this past week.
When I think of the plump grain we had last year compared to this year's sample, one would assume that the feeding value of it won't be near as good. So, as soon as the test results are back, we will obviously be tweaking the ration that we will be giving to the under-16 month bulls.