Where does one start – the wet and miserable weather continues. The cattle out on stubble turnips are looking well but making a mess. It is hard to judge how to feed them and the older cows are beginning to suffer.
I have unfortunately had a run of bad luck with Stock Bulls – We have lost two Chinauley Fibber and Rosecroft Hero through injury and fertility. This is made so much worse when I look at the impressive progeny by Hero just coming through. Fresh bloodlines will have to be sourced in the near future and back to AI.
The land is naturally very wet – we cannot even tip dung in fields as it is impossible to travel. The river meadows have been under water for at least a fortnight and the River Culm is constantly on its banks/flooding.
Cereals sold for January are struggling to be picked up – demand is slow. I still have the balance of wheat to sell.
My agronomist keeps calling – to no avail.
Shooting season finished at the end of the month – now it is back to the grindstone. It has been a good season and I have caught up with a lot of friends/colleagues.
A similar theme throughout the agricultural sector seems prevalent – which is we are working very hard for very small returns but with plenty of agro. Our hands seem to be tied behind our backs! The National Trust have visited me regarding my rent review. I hope they see sense but time will tell.