No point rushing for new milk tank
Today I have been promised that my new milk tank will be installed. I have thought about it long enough. I first got a quotation in November 2005.
Seven years is a long time to be thinking, but priorities change and I suppose the volatility of milk prices didn't help either. I decided on a Packo ice-bank tank with a capacity of 7,300 litres.
My decision was mainly based on the fact that I had a Packo tank for the past 20 years and it gave me little or no bother. Its capacity was 3,000 litres, so I am more than doubling the capacity.
Preparing for the tank involved some reconstruction in my dairy. I used a meal house beside the dairy for my dairy nuts. This was done away with and brought into the dairy. Getting the new tank into the dairy involved knocking out a gable wall.
This will be replaced by a large second-hand window I have come across. I want light and space in the dairy as far too many are dark, tight and cluttered.
A new six-tonne meal bin is being erected. This will also do away with the shovelling of nuts into the auger, which we've been doing for the last 17 years.
The past month has been busy enough, especially with a good week in the middle of it. The second-cut silage pit was opened on October 8.
This is probably a couple of weeks earlier than normal but, then again, this was no normal year. The results of it show 22.4pc dry matter, 4.0 pH, 10.2pc protein, 10.6 ME, 68 DMD.