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In your field: Charles Bruce - 'Rob and Morag’s wedding is something to look forward to'

Mid-summer has come and gone, and the long hours of daylight are working their magic to speed up the growth of the crops and the grass.

In last month’s article I was complaining about not having enough grass for the stock and at this moment in time Rob is about to go and do some topping.

 

Things can change very quickly on the farm with the right weather.

 

Our lambs this year are about three weeks behind where they were at a similar stage last year.

 

We weighed some of them this week when we had them in to apply pour on dip and the best of the wedder lambs were around 35-41kg.

 

The savage cold wind and rain of the spring definitely took its toll.

 

In years gone by we would have increased the ewe roll ration to aid them in getting over the bad period when they were put out to grass with the small lambs, but in our new organic system the silage soya and molasses diet on its own in the worst of the weather obviously needed some supplementation.


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The spring barley crops, according to our agronomist, are looking the best he has seen them.

 

This was said with a straight face just prior to him telling me the price of the chemical mix we have to apply to our spring barley.

 

The crops were at the awns visible stage at the weekend and are really motoring through the growth stages.

 

Like everyone else in the nation our social life has been almost non-existent for the last 15 months, but we are all looking forward to the wedding of our youngest son Rob and his fiancee Morag in July.

 

The rules and regulations around weddings are even more complicated than a Seerad form.

 

Speaking about complicated, we are about to see the effects of the new trade deals which have been put in place.

 

We can only hope they are not all going to be negative as far as the livestock sector is concerned.

 

There is already enough pressure coming from the green brigade who never seem to think of the effect of their actions – or do they?

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