Life on the farm after Christmas

So what is life on the farm like after Christmas.  Well firstly, the weather has warmed up.  Summer is here and the temperature has gone up to the mid 30’s most days at the moment.  Also it is dry and that is ok, it is ment to be hot and dry this time of year but we can get storms as well.  We have had two storm events last week but not much rain. However, over the next few days, we are going to get some substantial rain.  So is that useful this time of year?  Maybe. This rain will make some weeds grow.  Some bad weeds and some good weeds and other grasses that the cows will eat.  I am making the most of the rain event this time.  Yesterday I planted some perennial pasture seed.  It is a bit late in the season to do this but I am taking the chance that we will get good rain to bring the seed up, then I can irrigate the new plants to keep them going.

The other task at the moment is to bring in the rest of the hay from the paddocks to the hay stacks.  Cleared one paddock yesterday, one more to go but this may have to wait until the weather clears. As I have mentioned before we have had a great year for hay.

The cows are looking great on the farm as they have lots of feed, although it is all dry feed this time of year.  Beef cattle still do well on dry feed.  It is a bit like giving them hay that was left in the paddock.  It is better to have them graze the dry feed than make it into hay and then have to feed it out to them.  Saves on time and fuel for the tractor.  Efficient farming is best for sustainability. The farm has to be sustainable for both the environment and economic reasons.

While we are on the subject of cows, we are on the lookout for “pink eye”  This can be a problem this time of year.  There are a lot of grass seeds and flies.   Pink eye is an infection cows can get in their eyes and can cause blindness. The other thing with the heat is to make sure the cows have plenty of water and shade.  As parts of our management program, we make sure the cows graze in paddocks that have shade trees.

So even though it is just after Christmas and many people are on holiday, work on the farm continues as normal, working with the season at the time and preparing for the season to come.

Remember that hear at Eden Farm we have our produce for sale.   Check out our web site for more information and our products on sale.