Just seen on YouTube balmesh has a video taken this week absolutely nothing on the fields, what a waste of fuel. Look it up.
Can’t believe he’s still going I was watching him 10+ years ago and I see his videos are still very plain lol… I mean chopping the crop doesn’t look a waste of diesel if it was ready and starting too head or they needed the ground clearing for planting maize… but I think tedding it out was a waste of fuel lolJust seen on YouTube balmesh has a video taken this week absolutely nothing on the fields, what a waste of fuel. Look it up.
This!!A lot of grass has been cut the last 10 days down here, few farms of 1000+ acres each cut that do 5/6 cuts a year have got to go, it’s so dry now to that when it does rain the grass will grow, currently grass is stalling so a reset is needed and when doing multiple cuts quality is worth way more than quantity
Some small number of herds are housed all year round. Some herds are just too large to be sent out to graze. These are usually ‘storage fed’ which means that all their forage is conserved and uniform in quality. No waste from soiled grazing and no cows standing in the freezing rain and not eating or cudding.
This is where a wagon by the hour excels over a forager by the acreUnless the farm is very intensive with the fields not too far away, the benefit to cost ratio has become very much more marginal or even unfavourable unless the price of milk rises at least as much as to cover the increased costs.
Making a few simple assumptions, for every million litres...
a 1ppl difference in milk price = +/- £10,000
+/- £20 concentrate cost = +/- £7000
+/- 50,000 litres production @ 40p = +/- £20,000
The increased milk income must be very carefully measured against the increased contractor costs of doing maybe 30% extra acres consisting of five cuts compared to three higher yielding cuts. For grazing animals the area and yield per acre of each cut declines as the season progresses of course and the later cuts may, in an average year, be more prone to drought.