Farmer Focus: Proud to be Scottish and united

Harvest is in full swing, so much so that this article is being written from the tractor cab, in between off loading the combine.

Barley is yielding well and nitrogen levels are creeping into the bonus rates. Localised showers have made the straw baling less straight forward, however. Bob was very proud of his wheat crop, but the recent heavy rain and weighty crop has meant some of it is slightly closer to the ground than we wished, to the delight of the pigeons.

The December-onward born bull calves have now been weaned. They haven’t had the most settled time lately, with a few empty cows keeping their hormones active and with a threat of them hurting themselves it was time for them to head inside. They will get weighed and fluked in 10 days time.

Calving is just about completed and has passed without too many hiccups. Our easy calving stock sires have made the job quite a pleasure, but in the pedigree world a wee pull often leads to that special calf. The bulls will go out again on 15 September – let’s hope they are firing on all cylinders.

The cast Blackface ewes that we took a crop of Mule lambs from this spring have been cashed in. They have worked well, but perhaps they were just a crop too old and we should experiment with slightly younger ewes.

Annoyingly, we went to market a week too early; as the ewe trade picked up and they averaged £48. Our mission this month is selling some Mule ewe lambs.

The boys had a bit of success at our regions Bluefaced Leicester progeny show at Perth, winning with a gimmer and taking the reserve ticket with a pair of homebred gimmers. It marked a nice end to the summer show season.

Scotland is preparing for the referendum vote and many very influential farming leaders are stating their alliances to the yes or no vote. Let’s hope plenty of people turn up at the polling stations on 18 September. As we said in our wish list last January, we hope to retain a UK postcode.

We’re proud to be Scottish and delighted to be united.

Bob and Kay Adam run 100 pedigree Limousin and Charolais cows on their 222ha family farm in Angus and rent a 728ha hill farm running 640 ewes and 30 suckler cows

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