- Soil temperature on Newford Farm on Monday the 6th of July was 15.1 ° degrees at 10cm soil depth.
- The soil moisture deficit around Newford (Athenry) at the moment is 2 mm.
- Grass growth has improved on the home farm (52 Kg DM/Ha) but in recent days paddocks have began to get sticky with heavy down pour of rainfalls.
- Grass on the home farm has started to get tight due to the high stocking rate which the home farm carry’s (4.5 LU / Ha).
- 45 cows scanned in calf and calves where moved to Cones farm which was mowed for silage on the 10th of June. This will reduce the demand in Newford.
- Cones farm was reseeded last year and this farm will benefit the calves ADG for the rest of the season.
- A portion of the home farm will be closed for second cut silage , when the cows and calves are move out
- A half bag of protected urea (38N + 7% S) per acre is being spread after each grazing at the moment.
Key recommendations for this week
- Monitor grass growth closely
- Prepare Cones farm for stock moving in
- Watch bull calves after castration
- Keep mineral buckets out in paddocks with the cows
- Check all bale silage for any holes and patch if necessary
- Tighten silage pit cover
- Draw up the 2020/2021 fodder budget