Adequate rain before Christmas has allowed for some silage to be made. Both farms still have considerably less silage than last season.

Our production is on a par with last season on the home farm and still running ahead on the organic farm.

Pasture cover is good, but we are being challenged by some hot and dry winds.

The only farm worry currently is the high return rate of cows from mating by the bulls. This is a common theme across many farms according to the vets, with no obvious explanation.

Son Daniel has six weeks of school holiday and I am using the time to get him driving all the tractors, the ute and to teach him as many farm skills as possible.

One of the joys of farming is that you can learn such a variety of skills and gain confidence, which can transfer to other occupations.

All the bulls (nine) were loaded today and as always there is much adrenalin and tension through the process, as despite living and working together they cannot tolerate being penned with each other, even for short periods. I’m pleased to report there were only four broken posts and no injuries to either man or beast.

Calf and heifer weights are similar to previous bests, albeit by a small margin.

Fonterra has lifted the milk price by 25 cents a kg milk solids, which is useful to the cashflow. The Fonterra units are trading at 25% higher than list price, which has added significant value to the balance sheet.

George Moss farms a 74ha conventional dairy, milking 185 Friesian cows as well as a 70ha conversion organic dairy farm, near Tokoroa, New Zealand.

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