FARMER FOCUS: Some cattle finally out at grass

It’s been a busy month with paperwork, year-end accounts, IACS forms, QMS/SQC inspections, cattle weighing and insurance renewals, but at long last we’ve managed to get some cattle out to the grass.

Fields were given another dusting of nitrogen, and more fertiliser has been ordered to provide an extra boost for the second cut silage.

As you read this we should have returned from the Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland, hopefully having made more friends than we arrived with. Bob was judging the Charolais cattle and we had the pleasure of placing the beef young handler’s.

Last month, we hosted our local young farmers beef stock judging meeting, it was great to see a good turnout of keen youngsters willing to try and agree with the official judge. Stock judging played a big part in both our young farmer days, teaching us valuable skills. It’s a brilliant organisation and here in Scotland the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Club are celebrating their 75th anniversary.

May bull sales have gone better than expected, with all seven bulls on offer finding new homes. It was a steady trade and none of our bulls “set the heather on fire”, but most importantly they are all off the keep.

Commercial bull-buying budgets were greatly reduced, but purchasers are still getting quality bulls for their money and hopefully they will remember this when they come to buy their next one.

The mart chat wasn’t so upbeat, with reports of cashflow problems; the late spring bringing extra feed costs, and problems with fertility and calvings due to mineral deficiencies. Newhouse Vicky our best breeding Charolais cow has been on a flushing programme. Fingers crossed she produces good embryos next week.

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

More on this topic

Read more from Bob and Kay Adam

Read more from our Livestock Farmer Focus writers