'We are feeding baled silage as wet grass is running through the cows'
Published 05/10/2016 | 02:30
The last four weeks have been a real mixed bag of sunshine and showers. The only saving grace was temperatures remained high allowing good grass growth.
I have managed to keep cows out by night up to now but it's a case of watching carefully the weather forecast and ground conditions. I suppose we were all anticipating an 'Indian summer' but it hasn't come yet.
I did start to feed baled silage to the milking cows in mid-September as some were dunging very loosely. Grass was just so wet that it seemed to be running through them. When the sunny dry day would come the cows weren't pushed on eating the silage.
At the minute I have a farm grass cover of 1026. The cover/LU is 324 at a stocking rate of 3.17 LU/ha. I have started to use strip fencing as it helps to clean out paddocks. Since last Saturday cow paddocks are being closed up.
Scanning cows and heifers
Cows and heifers had their final scan two weeks ago. There were sixteen cows empty or a 19pc empty rate.
There were three heifers empty or a 9pc empty rate. I was disappointed with the cows as over half of them were first and second lactation cows. The remainder were older cows including my 'granny' cow of 12 lactations.
Also two of the empties were two cows that had twins this year and two were the last cows to calve.