Knowledge transfer groups well worth the effort
Published 29/06/2016 | 02:30
We are still cutting the last of our silage. Some of it was closed late due to the bad growing conditions in April and early May. As we make all round bale silage, we can cut the grass in stages whenever it is fit.
Bales may be a little more expensive and a lot more work, but there is no waste. With a pit I would have to close all the ground at the same time and this could put the grazing ground under pressure as the farm is heavily stocked at this time of year.
I have my own mower and try to cut the grass in the middle of the day when the grass sugars are at their highest and the grass at its driest. It is then left for 36 hours to wilt before baling and we try and stack them as soon as possible before the crows come. One shed still has slurry in it, so the plan is to have it agitated and spread it on the silage stubble when we cut the last field.
I think you get better results this time of the year than waiting till the end of the year.
The topper is also on its summer tour of the farm. But with the farm heavily stocked, topping is more cosmetic with only the odd dock, thistle or strong grass around a cow pad to be cleared off.
The young stock and the sheep are getting the grass at the front of the rotation with the suckler cows last, then the topper. There are many disadvantages with the suckler cow, but one advantage is that she is great to clean out a paddock.
I am using the field network of the farm as a paddock rotational system. It works well and it is very handy to get the younger stock used to being moved about.
The calves will soon be due their first worm dose. I will probably use a simple oral dose with the hook dosing gun. Maybe the Genomics tags will have landed in the post before I start dosing them.