Will Case: 'Thoughts are turning to fixing our feed price contract - a crystal ball is needed'


I am not sure where summer has disappeared to, but as I write, the nights are getting darker, breeding sheep sales are in full swing and time is flying by faster than ever.


The weather has been largely kind to us throughout summer, with grass growing well. The notable exception this month was the deluge of more than four inches of rain in four days. I think even the ducks had enough that weekend.


We have now gathered all our crops, with our winter barley safely harvested. Grain and straw were good quality, but the yield was down on last year. The last of the silage is now in the pit with the third cut at Robbs Water picked up last week.


Quality has been good throughout, but we have often had to snatch and grab grass between showers. First cut was light, but heavier second and third cuts made up for it. No two seasons are ever the same.


The price of free-range eggs has taken a tumble in the last few weeks, with feed going in the opposite direction. Both flocks are still performing well though, and this month they have been vaccinated for influenza, bronchitis and have been wormed.


Our poultry health plan has been updated for the year and thoughts are turning to fixing our feed price contract – a crystal ball is needed.

Sheep work has kept us on our toes this month. Gimmer shearlings have been vaccinated for enzo, with pedigree Texels receiving vaccinations as well.


All lambs are weaned onto silage aftermath. They seem to be growing well, but we are offering creep feed to some of the groups, as Dad suggested ‘a little bit fed now will save a lot in the back end’.


A bit of dry feed is always a complement to lush grazed grass. Lame lambs seem to be a problem at the moment and my fingers are constantly blue.


Tup sales are now upon us and our first two sales have averaged out well. Regular customers have been good to us and a few new ones have come along too.


It has been pleasing to have buyers looking at performance figures of our tups and I hope we can build on this.


As you read this, we will be at Kelso ram sale at ring seven, lot 33. Call in and say hello, I do not mind any critical comments on my writing style as long as you buy a tup.

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