Beef: Selling is a weighty issue
Ground and field conditions have improved significantly over the last few weeks, and we have caught up on slurry spreading and ploughing as a result.
Although weather conditions were not brilliant I decided to lower the tanks as much as possible just in case cattle may be housed longer than expected. The fields with the lowest grass covers were targeted.
With the mild weather I should see good results from this spring application of slurry. The remainder of the spring slurry will be spread after the first cut silage.
All the livestock in the sheds appear to be thriving well. Bulls and the beef heifers are now starting to fill out.
The bulls will take another month to have the required fat cover needed to be factory fit, and a bit longer for the lightest pen.
At this time of year I always ask myself the critical question - when do I sell?
Is the correct time to sell a beef animal when it has reached an acceptable weight and level of finish (at which point the valve of weight gained will hopefully be higher than the costs of achieving this weight gain).
Sometimes as farmers I think we get carried away with producing heavier cattle [or carcases] every year to maybe compensate for low cattle prices.