Fodder woes averted as Mother Nature appears to have repaired herself
As we head for mid-September we all are enjoying this extended pleasant weather. Every good day after September 1 is a bonus, and the cows are content with plenty of grass and the sun on their backs. Milk yields are in natural decline however.
At the moment the cows are producing 19.6l at 3.87pc butter fat and 3.3pc protein, resulting in 1.44kg milk solids/cow/day. The SCC is at 226,000 and TBC 8,000.
Farm cover is 810 at a stocking rate of 3.16LU/ha. Cows are being fed 2kg of a high UFL 16pc protein nut. Cows are going into high grass covers (1,800kg/ha) but they are grazing the paddocks out well as conditions are good.
I brought in an extra 15ac of after-grass into the milking platform. This is a half mile on the road journey for the cows during the day only. If the weather gets wet I will have to take some of it out for bales.
The road journey isn't too bad but it does slow things up as cows have to wait a while before getting back to the field and family help is needed as well – and not forgetting the strings along the neighbours' entrances.
The IHFA classifier visited last week. Out of the 13 heifers inspected, seven were GP and six were G, with an average of 80 points. Thirty-four cows were inspected, with 1 EX, 23 VG, 8GP, 1G and 1F. I was pleased, especially with the heifers as they were a very even bunch.
Fertiliser was sown last on August 26. I still have a 500kg bag of pasture sward left. If it is to be sowed I will do it this week. Grass grew so good in the last three weeks even on a couple of paddocks that got no fertiliser after grazing.