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Home Farm: first cut silage now complete
Matt Dempsey
We delayed cutting to let the dock spray work fully over the three week recommended period between spraying and cutting.
5 June 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: annual test - clear of TB
It seems clear that wildlife - especially the uncontrolled spread of infected deer - is one of the key causes of the spread of the disease in cattle.
22 May 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: examining the crops
The difference between the two varieties of winter wheat was astonishing.
Home Farm: BISS, oilseed rape, crop emergence, beef drops.
The rapid increase in grain prices internationally over the last week or so, has lifted the expectations for this year's harvest, but there is a long way to go yet.
15 May 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: watching the winter barley
I have had one diagnosis of rhynchosporium on the winter barley, brought on I presume because of a delay in applying a protective spray with the continuous wet weather.
8 May 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: what a difference a week of dry weather makes
On the cattle side, this has been the first time this year that we have been able to get out on the grazed paddocks without leaving unacceptable tracks.
1 May 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: drying out at last
Every fine day is making a huge difference to ground conditions.
24 April 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: solid ground at last
All the cattle were brought back in after the deluge in the middle of last week, and to give the ground a chance to recover.
10 April 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: wet weather still slowing progress
On the tillage side, land has certainly got firmer and the water level in what I use as an indicator ditch has dropped significantly.
3 April 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: some progress at last
Some of the headlands have effectively no crop at all. It’s not just a low plant population - it’s a total absence of any plants.
27 March 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: feed bills mount
Looking at our normal silage ground, we have some really heavy infestations of docks.
20 March 2024 Viewpoints
Home Farm: spring work restarts
We are continuing to buy in young cattle as we sell beef out and with the slurry in the slatted houses now reasonably under control, things are more comfortable than they were even 10 days ago.
13 March 2024 Viewpoints