Grounds grazed late showing poor grass growth
Travelling by train is a great way to see our rural landscape. Returning by train from Cork earlier this month, I got a bird's eye view of the positive effect that a few weeks of fine weather had on our countryside.
The signs of flooding which has plagued us over the last nine months were beginning to reduce.
One could have been forgiven for thinking that a giant slurry spreader had been at work with nearly every second field on view covered with slurry.
Back home, the spell of fine February weather allowed me to get some lime spread. I was amazed at how well the land stood up to the tractors and spreaders, even areas which had barely dried out showed little signs of damage.
I am planning to have the cattle grazing these sections of my farm treated with copper soon after they are left out as I found that the cattle I treated with copper last year did very well.
Unfortunately the weather in the meantime has taken another turn for the worse. Initially the softer weather and light rain gave a good increase in grass growth, especially where slurry had been spread.
However, the subsequent sudden drop in temperature meant that normal service was resumed.
The confidence I felt last January about having a sufficient supply of silage is dwindling. At the moment, it looks like it will come right down to the wire.