We took full advantage of the dry weather in March and raced through the task of planting potatoes, with 40 hectares of Maris Piper, Marfona and Estima in the ground by 31st March. Lets hope we don’t pay the price with late frost / drought conditions – there is already talk in the news of a ban on irrigation in some parts of the country.
It has been a very busy month calving with both the pedigree Limousin and commercial beef cows. We have also had a number of 2009 pedigree heifers producing their first calves.
We had a very successful day at the S.W. Limousin Club sale at Holsworthy on 11 April. Our two Lowabbey United sons were placed Champion and Reserve Champion at the show. with Killerton Faberge making the top sale price.
We followed this event with the Multi Breed sale at Sedgemoor on 12 April. Demand was slow for all bulls but better for young maiden heifers. I hope this will lead to more enquiries for Limousin heifers.
Grass doesn’t seem to be growing in Devon at the moment – a combination of cold nights and lack of rain. The maize is just going in the ground (rightly or wrongly) and the first potatoes are just coming through. Lets hope the climate improves …