While some farmers might say the only silage they are concerned about at the moment is the silage the animals are eating or sitting in the yard, we are at the time of the year again when fertiliser for early first-cut silage will need to be spread.
A student from France who had spent a summer with us in 2012 got in touch last night. One of his first questions was, how is the farm? Followed by, how is the baby? The baby is now eight years old and has been lending a hand with us on the farm this spring as he has a huge interest in nature.
With falling beef prices and the continued dark cloud around Brexit, there is considerable interest among beef farmers in earning extra money by taking in dairy heifers or even bull/beef calves from dairy herds.
I have read and heard a lot in recent weeks about the impending 'calf crisis' or 'calf tsunami' facing us next spring. Scanning results countrywide predict that, on many farms, there will be record numbers of calves born in February and March.
Climate change seems to be front and centre in every media outlet at present. It takes up large chunks of our newspaper pages, is the subject of an ever-increasing number of television and radio programmes and causes endless debates on social media.
Silage has started to be fed on numerous farms since late September due to the deteriorating weather in many parts of the country. Silage stocks may become scarce on farms as the winter progresses so farmers need to aim to avoid silage losses during housing period.
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