Suckler cows moving to older pastures to rein in their appetite for soft grass
It's that time of year again when I get to do some sort of grass budget for the rest of the grazing season.
I don't properly measure grass, but a quick walk around the farm last weekend told its own story.
There isn't as much grass as there was this time last year for various reasons including more stock on the farm.
I have decided to keep the suckler cows away from any type of soft grass as they are just getting through it too quickly. Next week they will be moved to some older pasture and this will slow them down.
The calves might suffer a little bit because of this. Sometimes it is hard to manage them as one herd at this time of the year without forward grazing or maybe creep feeding.
Over the past two weeks I have had a good look at the beef stock and decided on which animals will be fit and need to be fed before the end of the year.
A few beef bullocks and heifers are getting two kgs of meal at grass and should be finished before housing. I am finding it harder to get them to eat any more at the moment.
The cows that I have earmarked for culling this year have all been getting two kgs of meal on grass for the past month along with their calves.