Grain store is finally finished, says Robert Neill

At last our grain store is finally finished. It has been 11 months since the planning application was lodged. The grain that was being kept temporarily in cattle courts has all now been put over the weighbridge and stored in the new shed. This will be used for cattle feed during the winter months.

The beans have also been cut and they obviously enjoyed the wet summer better than we have, as they yielded 2.1t/acre, which will provide us with protein for our finishing ration.

All the calves have been vaccinated and wormed and by the time you read this they will all have been weaned and hopefully the weather will have cooled down to normal temperatures for this time of year. The mild, and at times, damp weather has not been good for the livestock. One of our pigs has even contracted pneumonia, but thankfully seems to be on the mend now.

The launch meeting for the Farming for a Better Climate study that we have agreed to take part in was successful and attracted a number of local farmers. The initial meeting involved a number of SAC specialists, who introduced the five key areas that the study will be covering.

As part of the project we have had soil mapping carried out to provide detailed information about key nutrient levels across the whole farm. At the next meeting, scheduled for 13 December, we will be exploring how we can use this information to maximise fertiliser and fym efficiency by using variable application technology. A number of companies will be available at this meeting to demonstrate the software and hardware that will be required.



Livestock farmer focus: Robert Neill

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