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Slurry se­ri­ous

Plenty of jobs are well over­due at this stage.

The slurry sit­u­a­tion is be­com­ing se­ri­ous on many farms. At this stage, we must avail of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to get slurry out.

Many have hired in um­bil­i­cal sys­tems to lessen the dam­age in fields.

When you get go­ing, take care not to spread heavy vol­umes on ad­vanced grass swards; it would re­sult in low util­i­sa­tion at graz­ing.

Fenc­ing

Get­ting into fields to do any­thing is prov­ing dif­fi­cult, fenc­ing still needs to be sorted be­fore turn­ing stock out.

Graz­ing

Get your spring graz­ing plan in place be­fore turnout.

Bulls

Get bulls ready for the breed­ing sea­son. If in doubt, get a bull fer­til­ity tested.

Some bulls are sub-fer­tile but get the odd cow in calf. bucket for cows and calves when they get to grass.

Suck­ling

If turn­ing cows and calves out to grass, con­tinue to mon­i­tor calves suck­ling.

Dry cows

C o n t i n u e t o fee d dry co w s ac­cord­ing to their body con­di­tion.

Many farm­ers have hired in um­bil­i­cal slurry sys­tems to lessen the dam­age in fields.

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