April I was allowed to have a hair cut and tidy up – long overdue once again due to Covid restrictions.
Even though it has been a dry month, the persistent frosts have slowed up grass growth considerably and we have had to keep cattle in that we would normally have turned out for longer. Calving has been going on quite well but with the cold nights we have kept calves in for a few days to get stronger before going out.
We had a couple of sales this month . We were successful in selling a couple of bulls at Frome and one in Exeter. The store market is very strong at the present time but there is a general reluctance in the South West for people to pay a more realistic price for bulls as it makes up half the herd. We as breeders have to jump through lots of Society hoops to bring these bulls to society sales hence the price has to take this into consideration especially where the beef killing price for all animals is so strong this spring.
We have put our maize in and are waiting for it to come through but this may be a while with such cold nights. The whole farm is desperate for a drink and warm weather to arrive