Suckler cows😡

Fendt65

Member
Not sure if it is just my cows but they just don’t seem to be settled this year, usually run them in 2 small groups but they are together this year for logistical reasons every time i go up the fields to check them they follow me round and are mooing .
they have plenty of grass however it’s disappearing fast ,rain would help they just don’t seem happy.
the only thing different that I can’t imagine would make a difference is I’ve put no fertiliser on this year.
Ps just put some haylage in a ring feeder for them.
 

serf

Member
Location
warwickshire
I would think its because they are clearing up old stale grass from winter and when the spring flush comes they will settle , ours are doing the same behind electric , having to move fence a lot to keep them content ....
 

Werzle

Member
Location
Midlands
Not sure if it is just my cows but they just don’t seem to be settled this year, usually run them in 2 small groups but they are together this year for logistical reasons every time i go up the fields to check them they follow me round and are mooing .
they have plenty of grass however it’s disappearing fast ,rain would help they just don’t seem happy.
the only thing different that I can’t imagine would make a difference is I’ve put no fertiliser on this year.
Ps just put some haylage in a ring feeder for them.
Mine seem more settled as usually they dont like the taste of the fert on the grass! Surprising how just having a bull with them regardless of pregnancy status keeps them calmer. They have got water have they? Clean water?
 

milkloss

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
East Sussex
Not unsettled but our cows have been kicking off at a couple of patches in the fields. One where a ring feeder was two years ago and a saw bench with a pit 40 years ago. Another patch where there was a dead cow a month ago for no more than a few hours. Plenty of snorting and pawing the ground, they’ve never done it before as much.
 

abitdaft

Member
Location
Scotland
Ours are the same, they settled a bit after a wee bit of rain but the grass needs a bit more moisture I think to really give it that kick. I suppose it must be a bit like having a Scotch pie for your dinner when you really want a steak.
 
Ours are the same, they settled a bit after a wee bit of rain but the grass needs a bit more moisture I think to really give it that kick. I suppose it must be a bit like having a Scotch pie for your dinner when you really want a steak.
If they're moaning because they have the grass equivalent of a scotch pie then they really need to toughen up and get on with it! 🤤
 

Fendt65

Member
I do see the point with rain the grass probably is a bit stale just seems a perfect storm this year with fert prices and then a possible drought, the cows grazed a couple of fields early on and they have struggled to green up.
i suppose the next issue will be not getting back in calf🤣
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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