Summer at last…. And temperatures up to 30 deg.C. – something we have not seen for many years. Grass fields are looking quite brown but the cattle seem quite content with the silage given as a supplement.
The S.W. Limousin Club sale at Bristol was not a great success – partly due to the hot weather and many people stayed at home making hay whilst the sun shone.
The irrigation equipment has been working flat out – keeping the potatoes growing and hopefully the quality good. We hope to start lifting early August (a fortnight later than usual) and sadly market prices have been affected by a fall in demand.
I took two heifers and two junior bulls to the Royal Welsh Show – with all animals being well placed in their respective classes – 3rd places for Killerton Gucci and Killerton Hera in strong heifer classes. I was thrilled to win the All-Breeds Elite Junior Bull championship with Killerton Hillbilly judged by Mr Murray Cowan, Fairly, South Island, New Zealand. Hillbilly is entirely homebred being by the sire Killerton Eagle, a Grahams Unbeatable son, and out of the dam Killerton Cecille who goes back to a Rivermead female. With a Beef Value of LM+37, he was described by the judge as “very mobile and a very good mover.”
Just two days after returning from the Welsh Show I took Kaprico Donato and Killerton Gucci to the local Mid Devon Agricultural Show. Gucci was placed Continental Beef Champion and went on to become Interbreed Show Champion – another success for my homebred heifer by Kaprico Donato, out of Killerton Darcy.
I have started cutting Winter Barley but it is not quite fit – a breakdown and rain put a stop to this! Yields look around average.