Managing grass quality is the big challenge in a time of rapid growth
Published 08/06/2016 | 02:30
It's exactly six months to the day since I wrote my last farming piece.
As you can imagine, over those six months a lot has happened. On Friday, March 18 my father passed away at the age of 84. For the previous 14 weeks he was a patient in the Mater Hospital following heart surgery. Things didn't quite work out after the operation.
The last six months have been a great learning experience for me and my family.
Over that time jobs had to be put on hold, milking times had to be flexible, other people helped at the farmwork and did it just as well as I would. The support of the community was tremendous in time of need.
The beautiful weather of the past few weeks did lift the minds and spirits of everyone. The work of farming becomes pleasant again rather than a chore.
Silage making is in full swing with my own silage cut last Tuesday. Given the late spring, I was wondering would there be any May silage at all. None of the silage ground was grazed this year. It got 3000 gallons of slurry on March 22 followed with 70 units of N on April 19. This was a later than normal fertiliser sowing for me because of weather conditions at the time. All the nitrogen was gone out of the grass by May 25 as it was tested. Wilting conditions were very good which should give me some quality silage next winter.
Managing grass quality is a huge challenge at the minute. Paddocks are growing rapidly everyday. The first three weeks of May saw great grass quality and fairly good grazing conditions.
But two weeks ago I took out one paddock for round baling and it was no sooner baled til there was another one for taking out. It went into the silage pit last week.