Beef: My five point plan to beat the bad weather
With the effects of the recent cold snap and late spring causing major problems for the farm I have been working on a plan to weather it as best I can.
The biggest problem is the lack of grass growth, so I have put the cows back on to good quality round bale silage and slowed the grazing right down.
There is a little more than 50 bales left so I might as well use some of them and try to let some grass build in front of the cows again and give the fertiliser that is spread a chance to work.
The cows are in good condition so it should not set them back too much.
Next I have decided not to let out the young bulls and to finish them out of the shed during the summer.
They have a good covering of flesh and the cold weather would only set them walking around by the ditches. They are happy and contented inside. They are on a high maize meal diet at the moment with a little bit of round bale silage.
The ration has a 13pc protein content and is made up of both flaked and ground maize.
The third part of my plan is to postpone closing approximately half of the silage ground.