I'm moving the cattle on faster to make the most of high prices
Published 15/07/2015 | 02:30
Despite all the advances in farm machinery, especially in the art of silage making, I still think it is a welcome relief when you see an ample amount of silage sitting in the yard for next year's feed.
All was conserved in the reasonable good weather we had in June. The grass looked in good condition before being cut with plenty of leaf and a healthy green colour.
The ground was just closed for seven weeks and was grazed twice before that and the fine weather came at the right time for harvesting.
We tried a few acres for hay in the middle of one field, but the grass was too heavy and green and with the weather deteriorating fast and thundery rain forecasted we decided to wrap it.
After measuring the quantity in the two yards I have decided that there is ample silage for the winter ahead. I don't think it will be necessary to take a second cut and I will need the after grass for grazing.
The topper is now well into its summer tour of the farm. But in fairness with grass a little tight on the farm the topping is more cosmetic with only the odd dock, thistle or strong grass around a cow pad to be cleared off.
The young stock are getting the first pick of the grass, followed by the cows and calves, then the topper.
There are many disadvantages with the suckler cow but one advantage is that she is great to clean out a paddock.