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In Your Field: Charles Bruce - 'The calving jack was called into late season action'

With the Covid-19 virus still causing mayhem and hardship throughout the UK, it is at least encouraging to see things move forward and start to open up in England. Our Scottish leader is very popular, although she is taking a very cautious approach to leading Scotland out of lockdown.

The effect on our tourism industry and the hospitality trade is nothing short of catastrophic. Several well-known hotels have already gone into administration, which is just tragic.

 

The ripple effect has not yet filtered through to us farmers, as beef and lamb prices are keeping up well, but as we move on, unless the hospitality trade gets started, it must have a detrimental impact on our prices, with a large percentage of the meat trade supplying the tourist and hospitality industries.

 

Our sheep are in two groups this year. The ones at Bogside are now being reared organically and have received no treatments of any kind and have been grazed on a grass and clover ley established last year.

 

We weighed the lambs on Monday and found a dozen or so heavier than 40kg, with the heaviest of the pure Texels weighing 58kg.

 

The second group are on older pasture, which is rented seasonally from a local estate. They are looking well enough but they are a mile behind the lambs on the younger grass/clover ley.

 

There are one or two with dirty tails despite being treated and the other group on the young grass are completely clean having had no treatments. We also found a ewe with the start of fly strike, with one or two maggots crawling around in the wool in the middle of her back.


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With the cows almost all calved, we were thinking of laying down the calving jack. However, it was put to use for the first time this season to assist a cow with a breech presentation clear a rather large Shorthorn cross calf.

 

Both mother and son seem to have come through the ordeal.

 

The spring barley, which is all Laureate, is at last starting to grow fairly rapidly after some heavy showers have taken it out of the near drought situation it was in.

 

On a wider note, it is with deep disappointment that I have been watching what has happened to the peaceful protesting and marching. The desecration of national monuments is nothing short of disgraceful and can never be condoned.

 

You can never change the past and can have no influence on things which have already taken place. It should also be taken into consideration when one studies history that times and circumstance then were much different to what they are now.

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