Bought a new Limousin Bull at the Limousin Society’s May sale in Roscrea on Saturday … now its just a case of sitting back and waiting for the next two years to see what his calves look like!
As to why I bought him … he was early in the sale and I was in a rush to get to the Leinster match in Dublin …. no, seriously, from the first time I saw him, I felt he had a presence so I was happy when I looked him up in the Catalogue and realised he also had excellent figures.
Unfortunately someone else must have thought the same …because he cost a bit more than I thought he might!
He’s five star for terminal traits. Hopefully he will be easy calving and the calves will go on to be quality beef. He will be used on our younger cows.
We let him out this afternoon, his first day out this year. Like all teenagers on his first day out he spent a few minutes blowing off some steam but here he is, looking proud and noble.
The animal fodder crisis has become a feed crisis because there is virtually no grass growing.
We would always plan for a four month winter but this year’s has already gone on for 6 1/2 months, more than 50 pc longer … though this is what some people have every year.
There is now a real concern for next winter’s fodder, as there is no grass growing back on paddocks that have been grazed out and the silage is very backward …. though it is hard to be thinking about next winter when animals are hungry today.
We are luck in that our suckler herd is autumn calving and the cows have been safely scanned in calf but it must be a major concern to get the breeding season going in spring calving herds.
Despite all the bad weather I couldn’t help smiling (a little) this morning to see a pair of mallards swimming around in a recently formed pond in one of our grazing fields.
Nature doing it best to keep doing was nature does best.