I joined the SW Limousin Club on a very successful 4-day tour of limousin herds in Ireland during mid July. We visited a number of farms and were fortunate to see outstanding cattle looking in top condition. Hospitality was second to none and we all returned to our farms (depressed) with ideas on new blood lines and herd management styles to consider.
The young stock at home are having a having a hard time with so much rain this year. Hardly a week goes by without a downpour which is stressful for young calves – then we suddenly get a week at the end of July with temperatures in the mid 20s.
Winter Barley harvest started on 23rd July but came to an abrupt/expensive halt when a stone went in the combine. Fortunately the local John Deere agent lent me a demonstrator JD 550 Hillmaster to complete the job – a lovely machine to drive and amazing how technology has moved on! An expensive insurance claim has repaired my old green beast and we continued to harvest Oats on the 9th August. Yields were about average – which was good for the time of year.
Stubble turnips (after Barley) are now up – for cattle over-wintering and second cut of silage completed.
Potato harvest is slow – due to weather, quality and demand. The first load of Maris Piper left the farm on 27 July which was later than usual. Marfona are struggling to skin set – Some warm, dry days would help the whole farm ….