If everything did as well as the moles have recently, I would be making a fortune. My regular mole catcher sadly passed away, and so far has been irreplaceable. I have tried trapping with limited success, and I have now reverted to using expensive gas tablets.

As I write, thankfully, lambing hasn’t started, because as yet we still don’t have any grass. Although the weather has warmed up and we have begun to apply fertiliser, the grass has yet to turn green, nevermind provide a welcome bite.

Heifers have started calving, and all have calved unassisted so far, however, the problems of first time Mums have been more acute this year. It has been common for them not to stand and allow the calf to suck, which is time consuming and frustrating. We’ve also had one who was a keen mother, but every time the calf stood up, the mother butted it and knocked it back to the floor.

With store cattle prices reasonably attractive, I sold some cattle at auction. Although prices were back on the day it was still more profitable to sell them as stores rather than buying in feed to finish them. I do get frustrated with people around the sale rings that insist store cattle prices are too high. Is it not the fact finish prices are not high enough?

It is well recognised domestic supply of cattle is tight, and when prices don’t improve it will get tighter. Therefore processors and retailers need to move away from short-term attitudes, and when they are serious about securing long-term supply, they need to start paying a profitable price for the finished product.

My amended maps have been returned, and at first glance they appear to be correct, now I look forward to receiving my SFP form shortly.

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