Just a few animals are being kept indoors as grass forges ahead
With most of the cattle out at grass there is a sense of silence around the farmyard these mornings.
However, I still have a few cows that have yet to calve kept indoors. They are on a diet of round bale silage and straw. While it is easier to observe the late calver inside, I'm going to let out the last of them in a week to calve in a small bare field beside the farmhouse.
Also inside are 16 beef heifers which are nearly finished but need another four or five weeks to be fully factory ready.
It may sound crazy to have cattle inside at this time on year with the excellent grass growth, but I reckon that turning them out to grass at this stage may set them back slightly in the short term.
They are on 8kg daily of a high-maize ration and are just turning two years of age. I am hoping for a small increase in beef prices over the coming weeks and this should offset the additional costs.
These are in-spec heifers so I will be hoping they grade well on the grid in addition to securing the 12c/kg quality assurance bonus for being under 30 months.
The yearlings have been turned out to excellent quality grass and the weather has been dry with high temperatures, so the animals will settle quickly into their new surroundings.
The cows and calves have also gone to good grass. The calves are just about able to cope with the available milk volumes, but they should have no problems in a few weeks as they get bigger. I am keeping a close eye on the baby calves for signs of scour or pneumonia especially with the days so warm and the nights a little on the cool side.