Rising temperatures are a welcome relief
Published 17/06/2015 | 02:30
The recent rise in temperature has been a welcome relief. It should improve grass growth and get stock thriving again. Even though we are in June, the nights are still cool with a touch of grass frost.
Grass has been very slow to come back on anything that had been grazed very tightly during May. The meadows don't seem to have suffered as bad and have bulked up quite well.
We are still a week away from cutting the main crop of silage, as it was closed late due to the bad growing conditions in 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 one time and this could put the grazing ground under pressure as the farm is heavily stocked.
I have my own mower and try to cut the grass in the middle of the day when the sugars are highest and the grass at its driest. It is then left for 36 hours to wilt.
We have one shed with slurry in the tanks. I will try to have it agitated the day we are mowing, and spread it on the stubble as soon as the grass is picked up. Last year I was a bit slow with it and the after grass had started to grow. The topper has definitely not been too busy lately as I thought it would be too hard on the grass until the growth picked up a little.
Once the growth does take off and there is ample grass ahead of the animals, I will top or mow in the better fields after grazing to try and keep better quality grass in front of them.
Looking back on the winter, I was very happy with the liveweight gain and the kill out percentage of all the beef animals.