What a end result! We merely scanned the ewes straight off the fell and our objective is 150%, with a nice steadiness of twins and singles with only some triplets and only some barren. They scanned at 181%.
Barrens had been half of ultimate 12 months’s tally, which was good, nevertheless triplets had been up. And we scanned far more quads this 12 months, with six items.
This alters the administration drastically. With that many triplets and quads, in its place of leaving the multiples inbye whereas the singles go to the fell, we’d have to take a look at completely totally different vitamin requirements and most likely even housing to deal with them efficiently this 12 months.
It’s in the direction of what we are trying to do, which is to minimise housing to handle labour, straw value and feeding.
We’ve obtained now obtained the milking herd as a lot as full numbers as a result of the development occurred, allowing us to start selling freshly calved heifers for the first time in 10 years.
We’ve obtained decided to advertise at Bentham Public sale Mart, which is barely a small sale, nevertheless with widespread events and first charge prime quality on the market for patrons.
We’ve obtained purchased 4 now; having had varied heifers calve these days it gave us a great deal of choice.
Choice for selling is a tough one on account of we don’t want to promote our best, nevertheless undoubtedly don’t want to promote rubbish.
We picked out heifers that had good udders, had been doing a great deal of milk and had been good, sound animals.
This seems to have paid off. The major sale was a gift and sale, the place we obtained right here away with first and third throughout the heifer class.
The heifer went on to be common champion with a excessive price at £2,400, and the standard for 4 was properly over £2,000.
We’ve obtained now been feeding our maize for 3 weeks. It’s the first 12 months we have grown maize and we’ll utterly be rising it as soon as extra.
Milk yield jumped up two litres, with butterfat holding at 4.36% and protein 3.46%. The cows seem very settled on it and are consuming 22kg a head a day (freshweight) of maize.