As I write this, at last we have had the rain we have needed for so long, with some 100mm falling in April alone. It’s times like this when tracks pay for themselves over and over again; in fact it’s perfect timing for the team at Market Rasen as they have just completed work on a new 600m long, 5m wide, track that forms the main raceway through the paddocks.
Grass growth has certainly taken off with the Lincolnshire farm being the first to reach 75kg/ha of DM a day followed closely by one of our clients at Sheffield. The next stop and check now is 100kg/DM growth, at which point half the milking platform can be taken out for silage.
The next big job for three of the units is mating the spring herds, with tail paint on for the 21 days pre-heat followed by an inspection of any cows not seen bulling.
When Catherine registered the birth of Charlotte there was some speculation on my job title. For the two boys I was without doubt a dairy farmer but what am I now? I live on a leafy cul-de-sac near the major road networks and spend Sunday mornings washing the car and mowing the lawn (sort of). At the point of realising I have become a “townie” I decided I should do what townies do and joined the local health club; holding my stomach in when walking on the side of the pool may well do more harm than good.
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