First carbon footprint report has a few environmental pointers
Published 07/09/2016 | 02:30
The last five weeks have been hectic enough both on and off the farm.
Thankfully a holiday break of almost a week was enjoyed by everybody and I must say the sunny southeast lived up to its name with plenty of heat.
A break away is very enjoyable but I must admit for a dairy farmer it takes planning and the day before you go you're never idle.
Cow paddocks have to be planned for the relief milker, along with making sure there will be enough grass for younger animals. Tools and machinery have to be secured as well. During the break I got the two tractors serviced.
We came back last Sunday week right in the middle of a spell of good weather so on the Monday morning it was back to reality with a few hours of gathering stones.
I ploughed almost eight acres of an outfarm on August 16. It was reseeded in perfect conditions. It was rough ground with ditches removed so it needed a fair bit of levelling. It got near three tonnes of lime and four bags of 10-10-20.
The grasseed mix consisted of the varieties Glenveagh, Glenroyal, Majestic and Aspect. It was rolled after seeding. I have been trying to get this job done for two years now.
The other seven acres that I reseeded on July 19 was grazed on August 29. This was six weeks after sowing and had a cover of 1200kgDM/ha. I spread one bag of CAN on it at four weeks and I used a post emergence spray a couple of days later.