Farmer Focus: Value fall and canine walkers restrict lamb cheque

Right here in mid-West Wales, we’ve simply had sufficient rainfall to maintain the grass rising slowly for a lot of the summer time.

Throughout the current heat climate in mid-August we had two fields harvested as second-cut pink clover silage, which was made into massive bales.

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Dafydd Parry Jones

Dafydd Parry Jones and spouse Glenys, Machynlleth, Powys, run a closed flock of 750 Texel and Aberfield cross ewes and 70 Hereford cross sucklers cows on 180ha. Their upland natural system makes use of Hereford bulls, Charollais terminal sires and pink clover silage, multi species leys and rotational grazing.

The circumstances had been splendid early the week earlier than, however excessive warmth was forecast later that week.

We discover pink clover prefers to be wilted slowly within the warmth, however we try to keep away from the burning solar, because the leaf turns black, which presumably results in high quality being misplaced.

See additionally: New pink clover trial reveals optimistic results on ewe fertility

If the evaluation is beneficial, this will likely be splendid for ewes main as much as lambing, and can save us a fortune on natural concentrates.

We’re aiming for  30-35% dry matter (DM), and an additive was used to assist with the ensiling course of.

Lambs have been fattening, and some hundreds have been leaving the farm each month. We’re very dissatisfied that the value went into freefall in mid-July.

We had a number of hundreds go in late June/early July, coinciding with weaning. A load from the singles, and a load from the twins, positioned away from the farm.

From the report we had from the abattoir, there have been no well being points in any way with these.

The third load had been from the younger ewes, and in accordance with the abattoir’s report, one in 5 of them had Cysticercus ovis – attributable to tapeworm – main one lamb to be totally condemned.

This situation is attributable to selecting up worms from canine faeces.

Coincidentally, the lambs had been grazing in fields with a very fashionable footpath passing by way of.

We’ve had circumstances earlier than, however by no means had a lot proof that there’s a direct connection to the trail.

We’ve obtained an indication on the doorway gate, warning canine homeowners to not let their canines foul this space.

However we might want to enhance signage on all path-related gates, and should even present small plastic luggage to encourage canine homeowners to choose up their litter.

I wish to congratulate my buddies – a lot of them native farmers – for finishing a gruelling 250-mile bike trip from Holyhead in north Wales to Cardiff Bay, in late August. This raised a staggering amount of cash for the chemotherapy unit at Bronglais hospital in Aberystwyth.

Da iawn chi hogie (properly accomplished boys).