It's time to get down to repairs with the first cut out of the way
With just two days left in May, it has to be shaping up as one of the driest and hottest Mays in decades. I must say the rain was very welcome back in the middle of the month as grass growth really took off. Last week's warm and humid weather got growth really moving.
I wasn't tempted to mow silage in early May. However, I did make about 22 round bales on one of the outfarms. This should be of very good quality. As I am writing this, my first-cut silage is being mowed down. I got three samples of grass tested by Teagasc last Tuesday and they all showed up with no nitrogen and sugar levels at four. I'd expect these sugars to rise more with the soaring temperatures of last Wednesday and Thursday.
I did hear of sugar levels at eight and nine in early May so they have a bit to go yet. Grass was starting to head out last week. My silage fields seem to be heavy, especially the fields I reseeded last year and the year before. I have a bay of silage left in the pit, so I'd imagine the pit will be quite full when all the grass is in. The round-baler contractor may have to be on standby.
I am 10 days earlier than last year at silage, which reflects the good months of April and May we had. The 88 milking cows are presently producing 30 litres at 3.65pc BF, 3.33pc PR, giving 2.14kg MS/cow/day, TBC 10000, SCC 100, Therm. 100, Lactose 4.89pc. Last week, my farm cover was 843. I am stocked at 5.39LU/ha and the grass cover/LU is 156. I am feeding 5kg of a 14pc protein ration with Calmag.
I am getting very good clean-outs of paddocks with no topping needed. Fertiliser is being spread once a week at a rate of 40 units/acre. I am using pasture sward with sulphur and am finished with the sulphur this week as I have spread around 18 units/acre.
All cows are now calved. I was a bit unfortunate with my maiden heifers as two of them are on the point of calving. The Friesian bull got in to them last August.
They were served at just eight months and are calving down at 17 months. Hopefully, they will calve in alright. I couldn't believe they were served so young.
Regarding the cows after almost five weeks of serving them with AI, I let the Angus bull out to them with the chinball. I intend doing a scan this week. The heifers are with the Hereford bull on the outfarm and seem to be quiet enough. I have to dose the maiden heifers for fluke and worms.