Yippee – we are TB Clear – The whole herd was tested this month over 4 days but at least the result was good. We are now able to halter train youngstock for shows, the first being Devon County on 19-21 May.
I sold two bulls at the SW Club sale at Holsworthy – Trade + Clearance was good – and I will be taking some to Brecon on 14 May.
We have been very busy this month with many cows and heifers calving . The Limousin Society is doing very well out of me with registrations, royalty fees and DNA Testing of bulls.
I have been AI’ing some cows and heifers – using a teaser bull to help spot them bulling which has made life easier. Choosing correct sires for individual heifers has been a bit of a challenge but it is always to introduce some new bloodlines.
Sad news – we lost our recent purchase from Carlisle, Eniver Jazzman. He injured himself whilst working and after an extended rest period showed no improvement so will have to be replaced.
Grass growth is scarce due to cold weather and heavy rain over Easter which resulted in the river meadows being flooded. We didn’t manage to turn out any stock until the end of April which put pressure on buildings and workloads.
Cereals look well even though they are a bit behind on previous years. Grain that has been sold is still in the shed awaiting collection – demand is slow.