May has been a flat out month, trying to fit two months into one. I attended Carlisle Sale early in May and ended up buying a young bull to try from the Gunnerfleet herd. Not the tallest but quite wide – we will see how he develops and performs in the future.
The following week I went to the Brecon limousin sale – taking four bulls and selling three. I was delighted with the success of the sale – winning championship (Killerton McCoy) and reserve (Killerton Muddy) overall and topping the market with McCoy.
This year I went to Devon County Show as a spectator – due to workload I didn’t enter any animals but will be taking young bulls to the Royal Cornwall Show (7-9 June).
Good news the main herd passed the TB test – lot of stress and the loss of a week. This was followed by silage making the same week – whilst trying to avoid thunder storms. Nightmare with contractors but managed to get it in dry.
Calving has been going well . Back to calving outside which is so much healthier.
Cereals are looking fairly well – wheat especially. Winter barley has suffered in heavier ground. Fingers crossed it is a useful yield – we seem to have fed an awful lot more than usual this winter. Maize all went in later than usual but at long last the ground has warmed up and it has got away reasonably quickly.