I have been spreading pasture sward on the grazing paddocks since May 28.
The soil sample results showed that one dressing should be enough to maintain the required soil fertility levels.
There are five calves still indoors. On another discussion group member's farm I saw some late calves from last year that were kept in all summer and they had done very well.
The later calves don't get the much needed TLC to push them on and maybe keeping them indoors is an answer.
The rest of my calves are in two groups. They are on grass that is a bit stronger than I would like without any meals.
If the weather gets any worse I will start meal as calves tend to lie behind the hedge too much in poor weather and don't eat enough.
I am keeping a tight eye on them for coccidiosis as I had to dose for it last year. They have been dosed with a fluke and worm drench.
A Friesian bull has been with the cows since June 15 and will remain there until the end of July. Cows were all scanned on May 24.
Problem cows were thankfully few, with just one cow out of 72 needing a CIDR. Five cows had cysts, which were treated with Receptal.
You can never say you have cysts cured as they can recur. Four cows haven't shown a heat yet. These will be checked again. The heifers will be scanned this week. These were AI'ed and then let run with a Friesian bull.
This year I have kept just one heifer back from serving. She was born in June 2011 and weighed 190kg in early April.
Seven of the April and May 2011 heifers are being served now.
They are too close to their target weight not to serve them.
The cows are yielding 24l at 3.61pc fat and 3.27pc protein, resulting in 1.70kg MS/cow/day. TBC is 6,000, while SCC is 105,000.
Cows are being fed 3kg of a 16pc high energy nut. Eight carry over cows are being fed no meals.
I have received no grant offer yet under the Targeted Agricultural Measures scheme for the new milk tank. It will be an autumn or winter job now.
I went into my local bank recently to lodge some cheques in the handy quick-lodge envelopes only to discover they are being done away with.
Now I have to bring in the laser card to lodge the cheques. I reckon the cheque book's days are numbered as everything is turning to laser card.
It won't suit many farmers and I doubt if it will lead to cheaper bank fees.
With the weather being so bad, it's more important than ever for farmers' mental wellbeing to keep out and about.
Thankfully, this time of year brings field evenings, stock-judging, calf shows, barbecues, co-op AGMs and many more events.
Make an extra effort to attend them and you'll realise that we're not on our own in our job.
Gerard Sherlock is a dairy farmer from Tydavnet, Co Monaghan. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org