With this great spell of weather, some farms are now crying out for rain as land with free draining soil are now very dry and grass growth is beginning to suffer.
Unfortunately, here at thatsfarming.com we have no control on the weather, but we can help in other ways.
Some things to remember while this dry weather continues.
Water or more to the point, drinking water. It is essential that all animals especially suckler cows with calves at foot have adequate supplies of water at all times, preferably that is piped out from a well or a mains supply rather than relying on natural sources. This is an investment that can pay dividends very quickly. This might be a good time to take a look at all the water troughs again and check that all is ok.
For anyone who has the GLAS option of fencing the rivers from bovines, then already you cannot allow access to the river to drink. Anyone entering GLAS 3, remember that May 31st is the date that all Bird Boxes, Bat Boxes, Bee Boxes and Bee sand as well as fencing the watercourses must be completed by this date.
For anyone who has got into the dairy bull calves for the first time this year, the calves should be weaned and if not, it’s time to get them weaned and out. Anyone putting calves out remember they will need some good shelter with some straw bedding ideally.
If it has come time to wean out your calves, then the following criteria must be met in order to have the best transition possible.
- Minimum body weight of 80 – 85 kg
- Eating 1kg of concentrate for 3 consecutive days
- Be at least 8 weeks old.
- Be healthy and not stressed.
For any farmer who has yet to send in his BPS application, the closing date is May 15th at midnight so anyone left, the advice is to get cracking. Applications will be accepted after this date but will incur a penalty, so who among us can afford to get paid any less than he/she is entitled to.
Still the mart trade is reported as strong, with good demand reported for finished and well fleshed cattle. Export buyers are busy with large orders to fill for mainly continental cattle particularly in demand with plainer cattle a harder sell.
Young Bulls 390-415c/kg
Prices are going the right way, due to pressure on supplies.