I have had a very busy couple of months with Limousin Bull Sales at Frome, Exeter, Worcester, Brecon and Holsworthy Livestock markets. Trade has been steady with slightly improved overall prices being achieved – the top end bulls still not realising their true potential price for all the genetics/semen testing etc especially when considering the beef price is at this time.
Cows and calves are a similar story. This is beginning to reflect that many farmers are getting out of suckler cows and even farming as many fields in the area are empty of livestock.
Maize was drilled during a very dry April and is a bit patchy on germination.
Silage was also cut in May – a good heavy crop but due to weather conditions the re-growth has been slow. Extended dry period has affected all crops and cereals are showing signs of stress
I am busy getting young bulls ready to take out to the County Shows – it will be good to catch up with many friends after 3 years away.
We had our annual Red Tractor inspection which the Beef Membership passed with flying colours. On the Arable side – it seems to be more nit-picky on grain stores and little holes in doors. I feel very fed up with all the bureaucracy and b ….t .
Looking forward to some rain in June and some social catch ups