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Dairy farmers face long term setbacks from the heatwave

Abi Reader speaks about the long term effects of the weather on her dairy farm in Wales

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Dairy farmers face long term setbacks from the heatwave

Dairy farmers were having to make difficult decisions about their businesses as they look to cope with the effects of the hot, dry summer on their cattle.

 

Welsh farmer Abi Reader has had to sell some of the poorer performing milkers, setting back their business plan to increase the size of their herd over the next few years.

 

"It is really really dry. We have had about 5mm since June 5."

 

She said this year, for the first time they had taken whole crop with alot of other farmers in the area doing the same thing.


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"We have run out of grass, we are feeding our winter stocks."

 

Ms Reader has made the decision to send off some of her poorer performing cows to reduce the burden of feed costs.

 

"At the moment, we are a year into a 5 year business plan to increase cows from 80 to 130," she said.

 

"Now, I am selling cows that are perhaps not as good as others but were still quite valuable. It is probably going to set the business back."

 

She added they were concentrating on keeping the cows cool and going through a 'huge amount' of fly spray.

 

"The last twelve months have been the most testing months of farming in my 15 years."

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