The old saying ‘be careful what you wish for’ has come true this autumn.
After wishing for rain to alleviate the drought, we have had a serious amount of it this autumn.
‘Desert Dorset’, like much of the country, has quickly turned into a swamp and our greensand is already at saturation point.
We have had very few dry days this last month and the most rain we had in one single day was 42mm.
We emptied our slurry lagoon a month ago and it is already half full. The weather is still fairly mild and the grass is growing well, but we have housed the milking cows at night.
They have sometimes stayed in the yard eating silage for a few hours in the mornings, but they have still been out at grass for much of the day.
Most of our youngtsock are housed and seem happy, but it is the earliest we have ever housed stock for winter since we have been here and it will make for a long winter if they stay in.
With the uncertainty of Brexit and further farmer bashing from some environmentalists and vegans, there looks to be more challenges ahead.
The latest attack from Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton urging folk to go vegan to save the planet seems a total joke and I thought this was a wind up when I first read it.
I wonder how green and environmentally friendly the F1 industry is?
I know I am not alone in thinking this constant bashing can get you down, but we need to remember there is so much British agriculture can be proud of.
Our maize was harvested a week ago. I was relieved to get it harvested and yields and quality look to be good.
It was grown as a bit of a drought insurance crop and I am delighted we decided to grow it and we will be grateful to have it as a buffer feed when the cows are at grass next spring.
I was hoping to drill the ground with ryegrass to get an early bit of grass in the spring, but we will see what happens weather-wise over the next 10 days or so.
Another 60 days has nearly passed and we will be doing our fourth TB test of the year in a few days’ time.
The only good thing about having most stock housed is the fact testing may be a smoother process. Fingers crossed we go clear this time and do not lose any more cattle.