Grass growth has been steady but slow
Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30
We all remember the lovely summers of our youth which appeared to go on forever. One thing which I could never understand at the time was a remark I often heard my father repeat during those fine spells. He would say: "It's a pity that the fine day does any harm" - at the time I just could not understand what he meant.
However it wasn't too long after taking over the running of the farm that the penny dropped.
In spite of being repeatedly told that cattle thrive far better in warm sunny weather, factory kill sheets showed time and time again that quite the opposite was the case on my farm.
As much as we all like the sunshine it looks as if my farm just cannot get enough rain and, of course, in most summers it usually gets just that.
The sudden surge of grass which we normally expect each spring did not happen for me this year.
Instead, grass growth on my farm has been steady if slow. My silage ground recovered well and has got its first grazing since cutting with the cattle now back-on their regular paddocks.
Because my first cut was not that heavy I will definitely have to take a second cut later this year.
However I always prefer to graze the aftergrass before I stop it for a second cut, I don't know if it's peculiar to my farm but I find that grazing it first gives me a far nicer sward.