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thorpe

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reading other threads on here i thought suclers were on there way out looking at the last 2 posts i hope there not . have some just not been producing the right goods?
 

Hampton

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Location
Shropshire
reading other threads on here i thought suclers were on there way out looking at the last 2 posts i hope there not . have some just not been producing the right goods?
I like the cows and take a lot of pride in the herd and the calves which we fatten.
I don’t get the same job satisfaction from bought in cattle (which I fatten too).
also, I sold 9 homebred cull cows this week and they averaged £1300. Not bad considering the youngest was 13!
 

Cornish bob

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Livestock Farmer
We had no grass until 2 weeks ago then it just jumped out of the ground after some much needed rain.the view for the week has only been about 20 feet due to fog makes checking the calvers at night hard work !
 
Are you all Lim bull onto BBx cows now? You have great cattle!
Thanks yes have been all lim bulls for a couple of years now but bought a blonde this time to go across some blues to breed some heifers. Also have a number of first cross lim cows and are keeping the 3/4 heifers back with a view to buying a blue bull next year to put back on the lim cows, again to breed heifers. Then will keep criss crossing the three breeds. A work in progress and they can always be better!
 

bean

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Location
holsworthy
Thanks yes have been all lim bulls for a couple of years now but bought a blonde this time to go across some blues to breed some heifers. Also have a number of first cross lim cows and are keeping the 3/4 heifers back with a view to buying a blue bull next year to put back on the lim cows, again to breed heifers. Then will keep criss crossing the three breeds. A work in progress and they can always be better!
Do you think you lose much milk once you get away from first cross from dairy?
 
Do you think you lose much milk once you get away from first cross from dairy?
It's a bit too early to tell as we've only just started retaining homebred heifers but I think it's inevitable we'll lose some milk but as long as its not a huge amount and detrimental to calf weights I can live with it. If anything the blue x dairy can have too much milk early on and I just want to tidy up bags and have a slightly more functional cow. I love the blue x dairy but they don't last that long and the calves are quite inconsistent, either top notch or slightly disappointing. Hopefully a beef bred cow will start to give a more regular uniform crop of calves. Time will tell.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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