September has been a month of mixed emotions. Sadly things do not get any better on the Stock Bull front and Indien was found dead in the field early one morning with no explanation. He had been fit and well, serving cows – one of the many joys of farming.
PD’ing has not been too bad this month – the bulls are catching up on a few cows and some of the normal suspects are still not in calf, but they always have a good calf so I tend to be a bit soft on them and give more time.
We have started feeding stubble turnips to the cows with heifer calves at foot as we are not over-blessed with silage and we have put in extra root crops this year.
The decision to start drilling winter cereals slightly earlier than usual has paid off with everything in the ground in the last week of September, thanks to Dan working on his weekend off.
It was a great shock to learn that Freddie, my Stockman, has found a new position in Cornwall working with Devon cattle. He has been a great asset to the business and team. He will be hard to replace and definitely missed. I have started looking for a new StockPerson but this is never an easy task. Any experienced person looking for a job please give me a call.