Soil sampling is the priority for this beef farmer before growing season
The slurry tanks are rising but I will wait for another week or two before venturing out to the fields. The fields that had been earmarked for slurry early in the spring had been grazed bare last autumn so will be perfect for spreading.
Always at this time of year I will do a quick stock take of the silage in the yard.
While there looks to be quite a bit of silage used, I'm not overly concerned as we are half-way through the winter and I can increase the meal level in time to beef animals and weanlings to slow down the silage usage.
One other job that I must do in January before we start spreading the slurry is to do some soil sampling.
It has been a few years since we did any major soil analysis and I think now would be a good time before the new grass-growing season starts.
I am more interested in the P and K levels of the silage fields and where lime is needed on the farm as the grazing ground seems to be growing a lot of grass.
Over the last few year I have generally broadcasted the farm with the same type of fertiliser, this way it will give me a better idea of what's needed and where.
Also, it might make better use of the slurry.