Weekly Farm Summary 15 May 2024

Well all good things must come to an end and the time is near for us calling a day on the 2023_24 season. While overall it has been a good season for us, this autumn is bringing its fair share of challenges - sodden ground conditions, increased lameness and average growth rates have made this autumn quite different to the last two.

With heifers now back on the milking platform after teat sealing on Thursday our challenge is to manage the feed supply to ensure we don't go below our 1 June APC for each farmlet. This is going to require a significant input of silage. One option would be to end the lactation earlier and get cows onto their wintering areas, however, with the vet techs booked to administer dry cow therapy on the 27th and 28th May we don't have that option.