October – all I can say is WET! It has been a trial to get winter cereals in, with some of the worse conditions I have known for a long time. The good weather during September put us into a false sense of security, however, Dan did manage to finish drilling during the last week of October. We are up to date on the arable side but it has been a challenge. Crops have not gone into ideal seed beds, thank goodness we kept the old power harrow/drill combination.
On the livestock front – bull and pedigree heifer sales have been very slow on the back of the beef price, Brexit, uncertainty, the list just continues. We were forced to wean both heifer and bull calves early which is creating more work and higher straw usage. Also wet and warm conditions are not the ideal scenario.
The Ballinloan situation still continues – we still do not know where we stand or who is responsible for misinformation.
Boris is going to the poles – hopefully he will get a majority and sort the mess out. The alternative does not bear thinking about.
On the bright side, I managed to escape the wet south west for a study tour in North Uist for a week which proved interesting for nature and conservation.
Off to Brecon 2nd November – hoping for some optimism and sales.