Farmer Focus: Record milk production reached

Decent weather has allowed us to make some (hopefully) good silage and breeding has started in earnest. Maize and fodder beet have been planted as well.

Good grass growth and quality meant we were able to beat our production record twice in the same month. Not surprisingly, this has given us our biggest milk cheque as well. It has certainly been a busy 31 days.

Another first for us has meant we have been able to sell some freshly calved cows to ease numbers. This is unknown territory for Treburthes. The cows were all prepped and on sale day looked fantastic, thanks to the team at Holsworthy market. Just before the sale started I didn’t know what to think.

On the one hand, I felt pleased and proud with how far the business has come in a short while to be able to do this. On the other, I felt sad to see these girls leave the farm. As I stood by the cows I could see the buyers making their judgements and they were only asking things that I would if I was buying – what are her good points and what are her bad points? Thankfully, they all had good points and I wish their buyers every success with them.

A week later I found myself on more comfortable ground as a buyer, as Dad and I had a lads’ day out at a dispersal sale. I will be the first to admit, and I think my family will back me up here, that I am a cow geek.

I went through the catalogue making all my notes about which animals I liked and why, checked their ancestry and decided a budget. As the day drew to a close we had purchased a nice load of calves to replace the cows we had recently sold. Out with the old and in with the new.

Perhaps I should suggest this as our new management structure? Maybe not. I can’t see me getting much for Dad at market.

Ross Symons farms 200 dairy cows, including his own small herd of pedigree Holsteins, with his parents near Truro, Cornwall. They are converting their year-round calving herd to autumn block calving

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