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With the welcomed 'stretch' in the evenings and the fine January weather, I found that I was able to catch up on a lot of outside jobs which would normally have to wait until later in the spring.
A bundle of 80 creosoted stakes which I bought last month are nearly all gone now. They have certainly improved the farm's appearance; however, I still have a lot more maintenance work do.
I also took advantage of the fine weather to get some lime spread. This has reawakened a slight worry in my mind as to whether I should dose my cattle with copper next spring as my land may lie in a high molybdenum area, which when limed, limits the supply of copper to grazing animals.
There is still some room in my slurry tanks so I plan to wait another few weeks before I spread slurry on my silage ground. Ideal spreading conditions on my farm would be slightly damp weather but obviously not too wet so that the nutrients will be absorbed into the soil quickly.
Meanwhile, my Friesian stores are doing quite well on silage alone. All I expect from them is that they maintain their condition and continue to grow. As usual it will probably be late July or August before the first of these cattle will be 'fit' to sell.
The striploin steaks from one of my Friesian bullocks I bought back from the meat plant have all been consumed at this stage and I must say that I cannot wait to repeat the exercise next summer. The only regret is that I didn't think of doing it years ago, but then that was before we realised the unique qualities of beef 'finished' on grass alone -especially when it's old pasture with all its unique herbs.
I relation to my silage I was a bit uneasy about how quickly it was disappearing; however, since I started feeding first-cut silage the situation has greatly improved.
It's amazing how much more feeding there is in well compacted first-cut silage than in second-cut. I'm finding that the first-cut has at least a third more feeding volume in it than the equivalent amount of still well compacted second-cut.