Farmer Focus Livestock: Early silage finish for Robert Neill

For the first time, the silage at Upper Nisbet was completed at the end of May in hot weather.

The lack of quantity should be made up by quality and we will be able to dilute it with straw for the cows. The silage fields have had a top dressing, so all we need now is rain to aid regrowth.

After one of the driest springs, we have been disappointed to have an outbreak of coccidiosis in some calves. They have now been treated with a drench and have also put Deccox mineral buckets in all of the fields. Hopefully, we will have caught them in time.

Recently I was privileged to be asked to judge the Ayrshire Federation of Young Farmers suckled cow calf show at Ayr Market. With 12 classes and 100 calves to judge, it was a busy day. I was impressed to see all the calves haltered and brought out to perfection. The overall champion was a Limousin cross bullock brought out by 15-year-old Stewart Dunlop of Mauchline Young Farmers.

Soon it will be the Summer Prime Stock Show at St Boswells. We have a couple of entries so fingers crossed they will catch the judge’s eye.

We are hosting two farm visits, a discussion group from southern Ireland and a farming group from Devon. They are also visiting the Royal Highland Show. We are heading to the show to watch the judging and as a family day out. We are in the process of updating our cattle crush, so will also be looking at the different crushes available at the show.

Jac ran the Edinburgh marathon on what was the hottest day of the year so far. She managed to run a credible 3 hours 58 minutes, which was under her four-hour target.

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