Our Farm: We got the slurry out ahead of the return of sleet, snow and ice
In my last column I wrote about the mild and dry January we had. This weather continued for the first three weeks of February but the last couple of weeks have been difficult with just about everything thrown at us - wind, rain, sleet, snow and ice.
Thankfully the first three weeks of February were productive with fertiliser spread, slurry out and cows out.
On February 1, I spread 23 units of urea on 70pc of the cow grazing paddocks. A further 10pc got a covering of light slurry.
The remaining paddocks have got nothing yet. Last week the farm cover was 787. The daily growth for two weeks was just over 8.
Ground is very wet here now with a lot of surface water sitting on paddocks. The milking cows got out to grass on February 12. and remained out for 10 days. They were very content out. They haven't got back out since. According to the spring grass planner I should have 23pc of the farm grazed by the end of this week, whereas actually there is only 6pc grazed.
On St Valentine's Day instead of the smell of roses in the air it was the smell of slurry.
The contractor came in and spread slurry on all the silage ground using the pipe system. A lot of slurry was moved in the space of a few hours. Three slurry tankers kept the pipe going comfortably.
It's the earliest I have spread slurry in a long number of years. It should give silage ground a good early kick-start.