Housing cows for the night is not the backend we expected
As you read this I can only hope that it's a lot drier weather than when I was writing these notes last week.
The rain is back with a vengeance. The devastating downpour on August 22 was the start of it. I was indoors at a meeting for most of that day. When I was driving home in the evening it had eased off. Coming near home I spotted a flood of water coming down a field.
I thought first it was a burst pipe or water escaping from a tank. It wasn't long until I realised how wet it was when I was going for the cows.
Last week's rain did ground no favours either. With water just sitting on the top of the ground a quick decision had to be made on Tuesday. The cows were housed for that night. It's not the 'backend' of the year we wanted.
The milking cows are on round baled silage after milking since September 4 With the wet weather cows were walking through grass too fast.
They had to be slowed down and 10 cows were dried off three weeks ago. The 80 milking cows are presently producing 19 litres at 4.06pc butterfat, 3.42pc protein giving 1.44kg MS/cow/day, TBC 5000, SCC 159, Therm 100, Lactose 4.90pc. Cows are getting 4kgs of a 18pc protein nut.
Present farm cover is 810 with a 31 day rotation. There was no nitrogen spread since September 5 and last Friday saw the close period begin for nitrogen use.
Given ground conditions, grazing will have to be carefully managed to avoid poaching.