Happiness farmers’ focus
Continues its series promoting and highlighting the work of the P3 Trust on the Hauraki Plains.
On farm through this unusually long and tough wet period the monitor farmers have rescued pasture reserves and are close to back on track with feeding their cows.
Above normal strategic nitrogen fertiliser use and feed inputs have been key.
Breeding programs are under way and initial indicators are that weather has had limited impact on cows coming on heat. Cow condition is more important
Summer feed crops have been shelved on some monitor farms this year unless a paddock’s pasture is in need of renovation.
Later sowing dates reduce yields and therefore make the economics questionable. Some answers; · Keep things simple · Focus on +ve even if it’s as simple as just getting through another difficult day
· Focus on core activities, other jobs can wait
· Get as much rest as possible, eat well
· Plan ahead, make decisions, take action early to avoid getting into a jam
· Stay +ve around partners and staff
· Keep in touch with family and friends
· Take time to appreciate the great pastoral farming system we have, better days will come
· Contented cows eg OAD, supplement = contented farmer
· Get away, even if it’s just a walk or lunch and coffee in town
· Make sure you take personal time for your hobbies, even if it’s less than normal
· Only worry about what you can control, (the weather is not one of them).