Keeping my bulls on slats looks like it will become an expensive mistake
I know everyone is saying how lovely the mild weather is, but at the risk of sounding like a misery guts, I just wish it was a bit more seasonal.
The reason I say this is that our cattle in sheds and especially the autumn calves are struggling in the relatively high temperatures at the moment. You can actually feel a glow of heat coming out the doors of the slatted shed.
One group of calves looked to be a bit off form last week and, on veterinary examination, a high percentage of them showed up with elevated temperatures; so we went ahead and treated the entire group with Selectan. Fingers crossed, it seems to have done the trick.
We need to swap around the stock bulls between the groups of cows, now that they have been with their first group for 30 days. It's a good insurance against an infertile bull. Once bitten, lesson learned.
Things on the breeding front seem quiet at the moment. Whether that means that most of the cows are in-calf or they are just not cycling, I don't know. Hopefully, it's the former. We have no reason to believe that they wouldn't be cycling, considering they are on a good well-balanced diet and are in good condition.
Our silage is very good this year, but I would like a bit more of it and I would be concerned at how fast we are going up through the pits. I know it's early days to be talking about spring grass, but if we don't get out in early March this coming year, we will certainly be extremely tight on silage.
But on the plus side, we have plenty of barley and straw. And, if we think we are going to run out, we will assess the situation in plenty of time to allow us to make the changes to see us safely through to grass.