Grass is growing great but our heifers are making €230 per head less than 2013
We cut the first of our silage last week in ideal conditions. We mowed it down, tedded it out and, after 24 hours, rowed it up and put it in the pit.
We were pleasantly surprised with the cut, which we reckon was 20pc heavier than other years, even though it would have been closed up at the same time and received the same fertiliser.
So far there has been no effluent so, fingers crossed, we have some quality feed.
Our target for this silage would be to have a DMD in the mid to high 70s, with a ME of at least 11.
Normally we wouldn't take the main cut for a couple of weeks but, considering how well the first bulked up, we would hope to cut it this week.
Having been out of the country for a few weeks, I suppose I had hoped that maybe something miraculous might have happened to turn around the beef industry while we were away. But a phone call from a friend on our return quickly brought me down to earth. It seems that things have gotten worse if anything.
Reading up on the beef summit that took place while we were away doesn't inspire me with confidence that anything is going to improve.
The measures being talked about seem to be focused on improving on-farm efficiencies, which totally ignores the fact that it's some of the most efficient beef farmers in the country who are really feeling the pinch at the moment.