It's been five weeks since my last column, and who could have predicted then what was to happen? It’s been a hectic five weeks for dairy farmers, with so much happening at farm level, and it has been difficult to comprehend all that was happening outside the farm gate.
It's hard to believe that the longest day of the year has passed by and we are still waiting on our summer to arrive. The heavy steady rain for almost two days at the beginning of June was a worry at the time but thankfully it dried up again quickly. Granted, it has been a showery June but ground conditions have held up. I believe we are still benefiting from the dry months of last year.
On February 22, my farm became TB free again as two clear tests were achieved. The herd was 'locked up' for just over six months. I was lucky in that there were only two reactors and no further reactors showed up. Thankfully, the incidence of TB seems to be reducing with little or no new cases locally. It's a challenge that nearly every farmer has to face at some stage.
If there was ever a time that farmers needed sunshine it is now. I hope that when you are reading this the sun is shining and the rain has stopped. Over the past month, the weather just seemed to get worse by the day. The heavy flooding around three weeks ago put ground conditions really back.
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